Give It All Away

Give It All Away

by Ben JelenBen Jelen


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This 24-year-old singer-songwriter has been anointed the third person in a pretty-face/pretty-voice trinity started by John Mayer and Jason Mraz, a billing he lives up to on this major-label bow. Jelen's winsome voice -- which recalls early Todd Rundgren on songs like the beckoning "Come On" -- is his biggest calling card, but he's also got a few aces up his musical sleeve. He plays one -- a surprisingly deft touch on violin -- on the melancholy "Setting of the Sun" and proves equally winning in his choice of covers, as borne out by a moody rendering of "Wicked Little Town" (from the rock musical Hedwig & the Angry Inch). A good bit of Give It All Away is given over to sugary pop balladeering, best illustrated by the overly fluffy, Elton-esque "Every Step," but when Jelen seizes the reins more forcefully, as on the soulful "She'll Hear You," he reveals both charisma and a solid set of pipes. That's more than enough reason to agree not to hate him just because he's beautiful.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/2004
Label: Maverick
UPC: 0093624845522
catalogNumber: 48455
Rank: 3788

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Jelen   Primary Artist,Piano,Violin,Tambourine,Vocals
Steve Wolfe   Drums
Michael Bacon   Leader
Robert Chausow   Violin
Victor Indrizzo   Drums
Richard Locker   Cello
Andy Marvel   Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Eve Nelson   Keyboards
Paul Peabody   Violin
Laura Seaton   Violin
Mark Orrin Shuman   Cello
Richard Sortomme   Violin
Gerry Leonard   Electric Guitar
Igor Szwec   Violin
Ivan Bodley   Bass
Ruben Martinez   Vocals
Christian Berman   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Mellotron,Loops
Andrew Carillo   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Electric Sitar,Mando-Guitar
Jen Scaturro   Synthesizer
Corky James   Guitar
Kareem Devlin   Guitar
Wei Chu   Cello
Andrew Frawley   Dumbek,Drums,Djembe,Shaker
Isabel Jacobsen   Harmony
Gloria Justen   Violin
Jeff Allen   Bass

Technical Credits

Lauren Christy   Composer
Michael Bacon   String Arrangements
Andy Marvel   Producer,Engineer
Eve Nelson   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Graham Edwards   Composer
Dan Lawrence   Engineer
Joe Hogan   Engineer
Christian Berman   Programming
Dibs   Engineer
Ben Jelen   Composer,Engineer
Bernadette O'Reilly   Composer
Stephen Trask   Composer
Kevin Meeker   Drum Engineering
Scott Spock   Composer
Joseph Janus   Composer,Producer
Marc Spencer   Engineer
Luke Johnson   Composer

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