My ex-ex-flatmate used to play Ben Lee a lot when she was lying full prone on the sofa, half conscious of time passing by and half aware of the antique princess posture she presented to me. And then I am pretty sure that she would have liked this self written, self recorded and self produced album. ‘I’ve Made my Bed…’ is a nice collection of naïve ballads, in between acoustic pop and lonesome folk, easy on the ear indeed.
the best, songs like ‘Bury the Boyfriend’, “Left Right Left”, “What
you Own” and “The size of your head”
confirm Jerry Fels’s interest for minimalism and straightforward
naivety, sometimes echoing Beck’s One Foot in the Grave and constantly
reverberating Ben Lee’s influence. “Battle of 2 Boys”, “I’d do this
for you” are predictably weaker because of the use of an awful drum machine
that was meant to bring more original sounds in the first place I guess.
good the songs are individually, the seventeen tracks of this debut (?) album
are repetitive, a good recipe ought not to be stretched out over 17 songs, even
if the whole thing is just 33 minutes. More of it would have been too much of
/dec 15th 2003/