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Robb Benson & the Shelk / Press

“Cursive Falls From The Sky marks the fifth solo record by the prolific Robb Benson. The album is also the 17th release by the Seattle songwriter, who began his career in town in 1997 on PopLlama Records with his band The Nevada Bachelors. The man knows hooks and how to write hits, often combining his ability to make music with various poets he meets who compose the lyrics. While the lyrics for “The Way Through” are his own, he has also worked with writers like Liz McDonald for Cursive’s melancholy track “Let Them Eat Cake” and previously with Michele Price in their band Dear John Letters. Cursive is a 13-track record with dancey, electronic-based tunes like “Gone” mixed with rock tunes like “Road Song”, which features drummer Dominic Cortese. The album ends with the tune “The Shelk,” about a mythological creature of Benson’s creation, a half-elk, half-shark, meant to embody the amalgamation of bandmates Robb has worked with over his long and lustrous career. ”

“Throughout his career Robb Benson has proven that he knows where pop hooks live. Whether with his old bands (Nevada Bachelors, Dear John Letters) or his newer ones (Dept. Of Energy, The Glass Notes), Benson has churned out pop winners again and again, evincing in his work a preternatural gift for finding a way to write songs that will stay stuck in your head forever. But it’s more than that. It’s more than the catchy center of a song that Benson knows about–he knows where a song should glide, soar, shimmer, or burst and he knows just when to pull the trigger to make it all memorable. Benson is one of the few true musical architects in the business today, and his complex compositions have all the pop ease of McCartney, the melodic algebra of Brian Wilson and the sonic punch of everyone from The Cure to Spoon. Benson’s newest solo album Cursive Falls From The Sky is a stunning collection that not only showcases his many skills as a singer/songwriter, it’s also perhaps the”

“the latest offering from Seattle musician Robb Benson. Bassist/writer Jake Uitti feeds Benson words and poems that Benson sits with, ingests, and fashions into songs. The tunes are snug, up-tempo, and marksmanlike in their well-crafted lit-rock phrasing. Benson constantly creates, and has been for his 20-year musical history. His previous work can be heard in the Nevada Bachelors, Dear John Letters, and more recently with Dept. of Energy. The Glass Notes recently put out a full-length on Seattle-based Roam Records called Dust and Hours. If Benson were anything else, he'd be a college English professor lecturing on the magnetism between Romeo and Juliet.”

“The vocals of Robb Benson are strong... Indie pop melodies compare the band to other indie pop greats like The Velveteen. Certain songs take on a more blues rock sound and you can actually hear the Elvis Costello influence within the songs. His vocals are soulful layers to an eclectic collection of music, Benson adds a new level to Singer/Songwriter.”

M.P. - Impact press

"a perennial hometown favorite on the verge of greater success. Both solo and with his two bands...Benson marries lo-fi introspection with big, bright '70s chords and hooks."

Seattle Weekly

" If practice does make perfect, Benson might well be on his way to becoming a genius... Obviously a busy man, Benson's gift with melodies and hooks continues to grow."

Patrick Schabe - Pop Matters

"Few indie notables juxtapose distinctively personal singer-songwriter sensibility with tasteful rock energy better than Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie; Robb Benson, just snatched himself a handful of Gibbard's Excalibur... his voice charges up the register from fleeting sigh to the most impassioned, individualized wail"

Seattle Weekly

“ I've been trying for over ten years to describe how much I love Robb Benson's voice. He's got all the pop smarts of McCartney, the peppy hooks of Squeeze and the gritty soul of Otis Redding, and he's so talented he sometimes uses all three in the span of a three-minute pop song. Benson has an extensive discography with the aforementioned Nevada Bachelors, The Dear John Letters and the Dept. of Energy, and evidence of his talent can be found on any of the cuts of those albums...It's a voice that's filled with anger and dismay and sadness and it will bring you to your knees. -Alex Green (caught in the carousel)”

Alex Green - Caught In the Carousel

" Benson spits and talk-sings songs in a cracked, wobbly, trembling voice, somewhere between the Kinks' Ray Davies, Ian Hunter, and Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook ...Benson proves he's one of his generation's most talented..."

- Hal Horowitz - All Music Guide

"Benson has been a mainstay of the Seattle music scene since the mid-'90s, when he formed the Nevada Bachelors. Since then, he's been carving out a niche for himself, honing his gift for intricately crafted acoustic pop under the name Dear John Letters. This year, he steps out under his own name... "

Seattle Weekly
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