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Artists on Recording Techniques by Jeff Touzeau

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10. Ben Kweller: Recording Something Good, Something Great

Brooklyn-based pop craftsman and multi-instrumentalist Ben Kweller plays and sings everything on his new self-titled album, which delivers emotionally revealing and artistically convincing performances throughout. Teaming up with producer Gil Norton, who has also worked with groups such as Counting Crows, The Pixies, and Echo & the Bunnymen, Kweller creates a sonically cohesive album that stays true to his rock ’n roll roots. The end result is immediate and sincere, sans all the posturing so often associated with the so-called indie scene.

The album delivers blow after blow until the final knockout punch, “This Is War.” Norton’s minimalist approach on the production, which features primarily ...

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