Brendan Benson – What Kind of World (Readymade Records)

Since his 1996 solo debut, Brendan Benson has been one of the most consistent purveyors of the power pop song. On this, his fifth solo record, Benson shows a brilliant maturity to his songwriting, which isn’t intended to say that his previous work lacked such focus. Benson merely sounds that he is getting increasingly comfortable in his skin, owing much of his sound to pop sensibilities of The Beatles and building upon his strengths which undoubtedly lie in his songwriting. Fans of the Posies or The Raconteurs (of whom Benson is a part of) will eat this record up with ease.