Craig Bennett

Craig Bennett Faster Forward LP

My Muse Has Become a Nuisance Film School

Get Well Card

"Show-Me" State

Isn't She Wonderful?

Disaster (You're My Greatest)

Wedding Dress

The Sun ... It Shines!

Faster Forward

My Robot Girl Is Gone

My Hand-Cut Puzzle of a Girl

Dark Lessons

Spacesuit Tattered

BC80-02 Faster Forward CDLP

     "Faster Forward" is chock-full of jangle pop gems and wry contemplations of life ...Bennett uses an acoustic guitar and a sardonic wit with great aplomb. His sophisticated grown-up pop songs come on with jangle-pop ringing guitars and hooky choruses ... Overall, Bennett is an interesting performer. His songs exist outside of any current popular sound; an anachronism of songwriting and pop sensibilities." Paul Leeds, Culture Bunker,Los Angeles, CA

 

     Bennett prefers a minimalist feel to his sound…Which fits his wonderfully subversive noirs just fine. I've heard a few Bennett albums, and they're all great… Pain junkies, here's your next fix." Aiding & Abetting (Durham, NC)

 

     "Bennett's style is a rather unique concoction blending the retro sound with haunting dollops of British New Wave guitars and keyboards boxed into neat little pop structures... Overall the spell created is designed to keep us wondering and amused long enough to realize the wisdom of this sparkling music. Faster Forward harbors Bennett's dark musings to find a realist's contentment shining out." Monica Arrington, Southeastern Performer, Atlanta, GA.

 

     Craig Bennett lets fly on Faster Forward, asking the musical question, "Can the American South save Brit-pop? At a glance, Craig Bennett's Faster Forward seems to do with mid-70s Brit rock ... This reading, though, fails to do Faster Forward justice. It may be stylistically backward-looking, but the wink and nod are convincing enough to let you know that this isn't just in exercise in nostalgia.

     Bennett is a supremely gifted songwriter. The tunes are pop perfection, and there are virtually no static moments throughout the full 13-song album. Everything is up tempo, and the energy the music gives off is contagious. Bennett's lyrics are skewed and oddly angled views of the world. "My Muse Has Become a Nuisance" opens the album by casting the songwriter's muse as a real person, a disaffected thrift store clerk with whom Bennett has cell-phone conversations.

     She's a demanding one, too, reminding him that she "inspires all your sad songs about how life is so long." The album takes off from there, tripping and careening through whirlwind of unique observation, a lot like the Flaming Lips but with more irony, less sentimentality. If these are sad songs about how life is so long, they certainly aren't aimed at depressing you. More likely, Bennett is having fun with the notion of the world-weary, fretting modern (and usually British) pop songster.      It's worth pointing out that Bennett is from Georgia, so there is a lot of affectation here (he can't really sound that much like David Bowie, can he?), and I'm not saying that it isn't distracting sometimes, but the album succeeds anyway, due chiefly to the fact that songs just plain sound good. The melodies are tuneful, the arrangements work, the lyrics are confoundingly compelling, and what else do you need?" George Ford, DOA, Rochester,NY. 10/20/03

Craig Bennett Muse Single

BC80-01 My Muse Has Become a Nuisance CD Single

My Muse Has Become a Nuisance taken from the full length release Faster Forward. All other tunes previously unreleased. All songs written and produced by Craig Bennett. Recorded at Black Cottage September2002 - April 2003

Craig Bennett Wonderful Single

BC80-03 Isn't She Wonderful? CD Single

Isn't She Wonderful?  taken from the full length release Faster Forward. All other tunes previously unreleased. All songs written and produced by Craig Bennett. Recorded at Black Cottage September2002 - April 2003

Singles
LP

Spacesuit Tattered (Re-entry Mix)

Maxine the Girlfriend

Speak Easier

Belle

Sunshine Reprise

Isn't She Wonderful?

(Sparse Mix)

"Faster Forward" CREDITS: All songs written and arranged by Craig Bennett. All songs recorded and produced by Craig Bennett. All floors swept and all lights turned off by Craig Bennett. Mastered by Glenn Schick at Glenn Schick Mastering, Atlanta, Georgia. Edited by Donn Aaron. Sleeve design by Robert Lee (Methane Studios) All songs ©2003 Mood Management Music, BMI. Band: Craig Bennett- voice, words, guitars, piano, effects. Daniel Dinardo, Chris Rowell, Clay Johnson, and Lee White - bass guitar. Donn Aaron- additional guitars. Mick McMick and John Barnes - drums/percussion. Odette Chartier- contrabass and cello. Blake Street- if and when horns appear. Paul Scales- harmonica, organ and piano (track 5). Odette Chartier and Candy Hurricane- Additional voices. Donnie Glass- mended broke tape.

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