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Ben Weasel

These Ones Are Bitter (W/ CD Version Of Album)

(Ben Weasel And His Iron String Quartet)

Edmond E001

Released on October 23, 2007

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These Ones Are Bitter is former Screeching Weasel and Riverdales frontman Ben Weasel's first album in five years. It's been well worth the wait. With These Ones Are Bitter, Weasel demonstrates his characteristic lyrical insight and humor along with his uncanny knack for writing first-rate melodic punk songs - the album's 14 tracks attack the themes of broken hearts and love gone bad like so many sugar coated shotgun blasts. Backed by rock solid arrangements and aggressive, passionate performances, These ones Are Bitter showcases pop-punks most prominent singer/songwriter at the top of his game. Produced by The All-American Rejects' Mike Kennerty (who also played guitar), the album features Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio) on bass and Chris Gaylor (All-American Rejects) on drums.

Comes with cd version of album.

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Average Customer Rating: 5 with 6 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Let Freedom Ring Voted #1  19%
2 In A Few Days  6%
3 Got My Number  6%
4 Happy Saturday  7%
5 Sour All Over  8%
6 The First Day Of Spring  6%
7 Blue Is The Ocean  0%
8 Affected By You  4%
9 Jeanette  2%
10 Addiditon By Subtraction Voted #3  13%
11 Give It Time  4%
12 Summer's Always Gone Too Soon  4%
13 In A Bad Place Voted #2  18%
14 Only In November  4%
Come back on or after Tuesday, October 23 to vote for your favorite songs

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Dan from Snellville, GA 
Nov 28 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I was so excited when this record finally came out on a tangible format. I was worried Ben wouldn't actually release it. Thank God he did. It's his best work in several years. His voice sounds the best it's ever been, and the music is well-crafted with plenty of hooks to keep the listener engaged. The songs have more of a power-pop feel, so all the snotty "old-schoolers" aren't going to like the record that much. But I find These Ones are Bitter to be mesmorizing. Mike Kennerty did an excellent job producing this record, and his musicianship really added a lot to the mix. Hopefully, Ben will continue to work with him. This record is outstanding and is probably my favorite of the year.

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Doug from Edmonton, AB Canada 
Nov 23 2007 Rating: 4/5 Stars

I'm not sure why everyone was so down about people from the All-American Rejects playing on this album. It still sounds really good. Albeit this is no Screeching Weasel or Riverdales quality record, but it's still good

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Ed from Bartlett, IL 
Nov 13 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Ben Weasel is the god of the punks.So buy it now.Anarchy every track. P-U-N-K. Knuckle tats. Buy it now.

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Kevin from Houston, TX 
Oct 27 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I agree with the reviews below. Colored LP, CD accompained, this is a must have. I was so pissed off when I read that Ben was only going to release this via MP3 download. It seems like such a waste when you have beautiful Cristy Road artwork and don't put out some kind of format. So i'm pleased as punch that Ben had the sense to put an LP out. I knew he hadn't completly lost his mind yet. Well...I still don't like the fact that members from The All American Rejects played and helped produce this album. Although he did get Dan Adriano on bass...that works. The songs themselves are way better than anything I have ever heard from Ben. I think in some places the vocals are TOO clean. I read somewhere (maybe in one of his blogs) that he has been taking voice lessons...I hope that's not true. I miss the signature Weasel vocal style. Great album!

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Scott from Katy, TX 
Oct 25 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Ben Weasel did it again. We all know Mr. Weasel from Screeching Weasel and the Riverdales, he's even released a solo album before. I was not too crazy about his first solo record, but all that is erased with the release of "these ones are bitter". Great packing, colored vinyl, and BONUS a CD version of the entire album. So those of you without a record player can still get the collectors edition vinyl, and enjoy the tunes on the CD. This is a first class recording, great line up, and great music. Ben stepped away from playing guitar, and focused more on his lyrics which are top notch. Ben has got to be one of the best songwriters of MY GENERATION of punk music. So, if you are a fan of the Weaselman, this is going to be a WELCOMED edition to your collection - get this limited vinyl NOW!

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Todd from Latonia, KY 
Oct 23 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

It's about time, this took too long to come out. I had already had a digital copy of the record, and it was already great...but it sounds awesome on vinyl and having a nice CD copy of the record makes this "DUH!" purchase. As far as the album itself goes, it's a very tight collection of songs, one of Ben's best in years. You can't really compare it to anything else he's sounds like Ben Weasel music but the added musicianship of the guys from All American Rejects push his songs into an almost power pop area. But, overall the songs are GREAT, the production is GREAT (the mix is great for both the CD and LP version), and frankly, you're a moron if you're a fan of Ben's and you don't pick this up. Hell, even if your only a casual fan of Ben Weasel's music or not even one at all, this is a great record to start off with. Easily one of the best releases of the year.

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