freedomloverecuperationIt’s a classic Ben Lee title: Freedom, Love And The Recuperation Of The Human Mind. No local pop performer polarises people like Ben Lee.

Me? I think he’s one of the great Australian songwriters. For his 11th studio album, Lee’s still “chiselling away at the stone”. But after a lengthy external search for the meaning of life – involving gurus and mind-altering drugs – Lee has gone within, urging listeners to “take a moment, catch our breath” and “think for yourself”. “It’s equilibrium that I seek,” he confides in Bigger Than Me. Lee’s existential poetic pop, augmented by Sara Watkins’ exquisite backing vocals, is perfect for Smooth FM.

Freedom, Love And The Recuperation Of The Human Mind is out now via ABC/Universal.

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