My Old, Familiar Friend has been added to your Basket
FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Fulfilled by Amazon. Your item will previously owned but in very good condition, although the disc may have some surface scratches. The case, inlay notes and sleeve are provided but may show signs of wear and tear.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Available to Download Now
Buy the MP3 album for £7.99

My Old, Familiar Friend

4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

Price: £9.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details
Only 1 left in stock.
Sold by Squirrelsounds and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
14 new from £7.48 16 used from £0.01
£9.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details Only 1 left in stock. Sold by Squirrelsounds and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Amazon's Brendan Benson Store


Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • My Old, Familiar Friend
  • +
  • Lapalco
  • +
  • The Alternative To Love
Total price: £17.65
Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Audio CD (31 Aug. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B002CKWQIA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,208 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. A Whole Lot Better
  2. Eyes On The Horizon
  3. Garbage Day
  4. Gonowhere
  5. Feel Like Taking You Home
  6. You Make A Fool Out Of Me
  7. Poised And Ready
  8. Don't Wanna Talk
  9. Misery
  10. Lesson Learned
  11. Borrow

Product Description

BBC Review

The chilly shadow that comes with being Jack White’s best mate will always be met by dismissive sneers in some quarters – but it does have its merits.

Three solo albums of well-crafted garage pop saw Benson plod steadily into respected obscurity before he was summoned to join the White Stripes man’s latest rock'n'roll plaything, The Raconteurs. Hard-riffing Led Zeppelin fantasies now fulfilled, the Michigan singer-songwriter returns to the day job as a wistful troubadour of bitter sweet 60s heartbreak, and with mixed results.

This time the mild air of DIY scuzz drowns in a sea of lush, crisp production as an unashamedly opulent search for surf-rock perfection begins. Rich harmonies collide, glistening guitar tones crunch and jangle and dreamy romances are blown up into grand, kitchen-sink operas. Sadly, though, the drift from retro Teenage Fanclub melodies into a pedestrian middle-of-the-road chug sucks the life out of the great moments of flippant power-pop. As drab, wallowing balladry and drudging rhythms take hold, even Benson himself seems bored by the aptly titled Beatles dirge Gonowhere.

With Benson neither a melancholy dreamer like Elliott Smith, nor a jaunty genius like Edwyn Collins, My Old, Familiar Friend is bereft of a distinct personality that you can love, hate or even barely notice. What he does have in abundance, however, is a sharp ear, a head full of hooks and a hefty supply of killer one-liners that baffle, charm and touch. “If she throws her heart away / I’ll be there on garbage day / To sift through what’s left, I guess / To sort through the loneliness" is particularly telling.

Striking the perfect marriage between the thundering grime of his Detroit past and his love of soaring, head-bobbing infectiousness, Poised and Ready triumphs as a rush of snarling fuzz, delivered with a sugar-coated glaze. The raucous, rumbling sprawl of Borrow should please Raconteurs fans, while Eyes on the Horizon probably has the best chance of charming radio’s tastemakers.

All told, this is a noble attempt to merge spiky, unassuming indie into joyous vintage pop; but Benson shouldn’t lose White’s phone number just yet. --Colin Irwin

Find more music at the BBC This link will take you off Amazon in a new window

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
3
4 star
2
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 5 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Listening to "My Old, Familiar Friend" really is like listening to an old, familiar friend. With this album, Brendan Benson has delivered a fresh slice of power-pop which has echoes of Todd Rundgren, Big Star, Paul McCartney & Wings, ELO and many other giants of the seventies whilst still retaining the individuality of the work In fact, you can listen to this album and hear exactly what Benson offers to the excellent Raconteurs, such is his personal mark. Take, for example, the circa-1979 Elvis Costello and The Attractions opener "A Whole Lot Better" and you'd struggle to find fault with a single note - it's just a joyous experience from start to finish, as is the entire album.

Highlights for me, apart from the fantastic opening track, are the pop-paranoia of "Eyes On The Horizon", the strings-embellished "Garbage Day", the typically brilliant Benson chord-shifts of "Gonowhere", the delicate, heartbreaking "You Make A Fool Out Of Me", the superb, rousing indie power-pop of "Poised and Ready" and the album closer, "Borrow", the Big Star-like "Misery" and the gorgeously sombre "Lessons Learned". On the whole, it's pretty much a fantastically textured album packed full of highlights - there's simply not a bad track on this great collection of well-crafted, beautifully performed songs.

Many reviews I've read so far have compared this album to Benson's back catalogue - some favourably, others not so much. However, if you can bring yourself to forget anything Brendan has released before and listen to this as a new album by a new artist, even the doubters would probably have to admit just how excellent this piece of work is. If this was a debut, I have no doubt that people would be salivating over its greatness. The influences are obvious, but it's not derivative.
Read more ›
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
Brendan Benson writes great pop songs with catchy melodies and intelligent lyrics, but since he has so many other projects on the go, his own solo albums seem to appear at four year intervals. It's a long time in music, enough for some bands to play out their entire careers. Fans have patiently waited while Benson palled around with the Raconteurs, and now their patience has been rewarded. My Old Familiar Friend is just what you'd expect from such a title: a new but instantly familiar collection of what Benson does best.

That timeless sound remains, apparently the result of obsessively recording on the oldest possible equipment. There are big tunes and harmonies, little touches of organ and synth, all played by Benson. It starts strong with A Whole Lot Better and Eyes on the Horizon, before bringing out the strings for Garbage Day. You Make a Fool Out of Me is a pretty acoustic lament, Feel Like Taking You Home simmers, Poised and Ready stomps, and if you can't say what you need to in three and half minutes, it isn't worth saying.

My Old Familiar friend wraps up in the blustery outro of Borrow, its 11 tracks over without a minute wasted. Let's hope Benson isn't away for quite so long this time.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
I feel this review is going to be carping and contradictory as it's going to criticise Benson for ( a) playing safe and doing more of the same and ( b) trying something new and failing(Garbage Day, what the hell was he thinking? That should never have seen the light of day, especially as gems such as Open Your Eyes didn't make it.Can only hope it's being held back for a third Raconteurs' album)

I'm still giving it 4 stars as I doubt it would be possible for Brendan in any project to fall below good/very good but the quibbles are ,it's weak in comparison to Lapalco and Alternative to Love ,certainly justifies its title and perhaps some new friends might have been considered.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
From the opening song to the last,this album doesn't dissapoint.There is nothing new or different about these songs,but is clever lyrics coupled with damn fine tunes with subtle key changes make for a catchy and fulfilling album.
The more upbeat numbers are instantly likeable, whereas the slower ones creep up on you slowly and then become the ones you cant stop humming.
Simply it is a classic.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
Probally one of his worst albums(I like the other ones very much), but still quite good.
After waiting so long for new solowork i expected some more.

--------------------------------------------------------------------

I still like it and play it once a week. Have to change it and give it 5 stars.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Customer Discussions


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for similar items by category


Feedback