Audio Mixer: Brad Wood .
Liner Note Author: Ben Lee.
Recording information: Seagrass Studios.
Photographer: Erik Lang.
Two decades deep into his recording career, Ben Lee is comfortable in his skin -- comfortable enough to indulge in a bit of unrepentant positivity on Love Is the Great Rebellion, his tenth solo album. Thanks in part to Brad Wood's gleaming production -- he previously helmed Lee's 2009 album The Rebirth of Venus -- Love Is the Great Rebellion is big, bright, and cheerful, but much of its relentless optimism is due to none other than the singer/songwriter himself, who is eager to spread good vibes wherever his songs are sung. Although he can dip into sheer hippie-dippiness -- "Happiness" is a worthy sequel to Donovan, so it's fitting Lee's father-in-law deigns to make a cameo here -- generally the polished punch of Wood's work pushes Love Is the Great Rebellion into sunny positive pop. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine