Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Whatever Happened I Apologize

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Whatever Happened I Apologize

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Jay Bennett (, 2008)


Back in the late 1990s, Wilco was the great American rock band, and Jay Bennett was one of its key members. Today Wilco is mostly a rotating cast of sidemen for Jeff Tweedy, and Bennett is a producer, session player, and indie solo artist.

With Wilco, Bennett was famous as a multi-instrumentalist and as the architect of the band's increasingly experimental sound. But on Whatever Happened I Apologize, his fifth post-Wilco outing, Bennett sticks to subdued acoustic guitar. Only one track even bothers with a drum machine. The simple arrangements emphasize the vocals, and Bennett's resonant and raspy baritone can handle the scrutiny.

The songs are mostly melodic ruminations over complicated relationships. Only one tune, "Wicked World" ventures beyond the interpersonal, and it's the only one Bennett didn't write.

But this album is as notable for its mode of delivery as for its content. …

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