Sha Sha is the debut album by American indie rock singer, songwriter, t and former Radish member Ben Kweller. The album was originally composed of outtakes from sessions for Radish's unreleased album Discount Fireworks. It was self-released by Kweller, via CD-R, in 2000. In 2002, ATO Records released a second version of the album with a radically different track listing featuring many new recordings and songs. All tracks written by Ben Kweller except where noted.
I liked Sha Sha the first time I listened to it, and I even went out and bought a copy for the girl I was in love with. Actually, I had first heard about Ben Kweller from a girl I used to have a crush on before I met this other girl. Anyway, this other girl told me it was boring and it broke my heart, which made me listen to it even more.
It's pretty clear from Sha Sha which camp you throw your loyalties behind; in fact, it's clear from the opening track, "How It Should Be", built around a hard-fisted piano progression and winkingly detached nonsense pop syllables. A handful of other Foldsian influences reveal themselves on your record, like "Falling" or the centerpiece "In Other Words", both of which run from tangent to schlocky schmaltz not unlike a good chunk of the BF5 catalog. Kudos to you, young sir, for balancing out the latter epic's showstopping coda with some well-utilized.
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Enthusiasm is what singer/songwriter Ben Kweller brings to his work. Ramones-like perennial goofy-teenager attitude and lack of antipathy are his golden attributes, and the combination of his keen songwriting sense makes Kweller a pop powerhouse. Following his self-released demo, Freak Out It's Ben Kweller, and the following EP, Kweller spreads out with more pop songs and sounds on this full-length studio album