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Album Review – City Pop by Benny Sings
City Pop Benny Sings Stones Throw Records Can't front. On first listen to "Not Enough", the funk adjacent low-simmer bop from Benny Sings, I swear to the Power of Terrestrial Radio, I got transported to the 2009 Lipo Lounge Basement in San Francisco's Chinatown for my Sunday dose of Sweaterfunk. Co-written and co-produced by Mayer Hawthorne, the tune possesses a close intimate quality that you only want to divvy among friends. While grooving to the stout piano work and heartfelt frankness crooned in earnest by Tim van Berkestijn, everybody on that sweaty basement dance floor would be thinking: Public ain't worthy of this right here. His new album, City Pop, finds Benny Sings making grown ass melancholy numbers that show a ripened outlook on existence. Sometimes love runs out the door for a pack of smokes. Point is, heartbreak provides fodder for great songwriting and Berkestijn could write jammers from a Craigslist Missed Connection listing. "Everything I Know" finds Benny pouring all