Ben Lee, Pony Up! / Sin-é / Oct. 16, 2004
Reviewed by Kathy O’Lay
Pony Up!’s rhythm section lent a hand to Ben Lee afterwards. Lee ran the risk of turning into this generation’s James Taylor or Donovan—either an angsty bore or a blissed-out flake. Happily, he managed to avoid such an unpleasant fate during his set, which included a couple of really lovely Modest Mouse and Don Henley (!) covers. Cripes, Ben, why did you have to make me like a Nikon Don song? The one sorta low point was a really goofy tribute to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. But otherwise, a lot to like here.