Boulder’s own Ben Hanna launched his second album, Kick Your Legs Out earlier this month. Much like his first record, We Were All Like Whatever, his sophomore release taps into the apathetic human condition and loneliness of shallow human connections with a post-suburban Americana feel.
Listen to Kick Your Legs Out:
Kick Your Legs Out continues Hanna’s characteristic angsty, satirical lyrics, this time accompanied by a blend of various instruments, from solo guitar strumming under poignant lyrics (“Duct Tape Wallet”) to a full band backing Hanna up in most of the songs on the record. “Outlaws Last Draw” features mandolin, while "Nobody Really Knows Me” sprinkles horns and a pedal steel guitar. And then there are songs like "Growling at the Wall” and "Baby Bumble Bee,” which have a very rock’n’roll vibe.
With thirteen songs on the record, there’s plenty to listen to and ponder. The opening track "No Romance” throws you right into the present dating scene of shallow people, with shallow connections, and shallow expectations (thanks Tindr). “Growling at the Wall” tells of a loner’s experience with anger and loneliness after a broken relationship. My personal favorite on the record is “Duct Tape Wallet” for its simplicity, yet lyrically clever delivery. The song tells a story of a boy trying to win the affections of a rather apathetic girl who cares none for his efforts and gestures of love. But on a more upbeat side of Hanna’s work, the title track "Kick Your Legs Out” will make you literally do just that, while providing you with various anxiety-inducing scenarios which merit kicking your legs out and not giving a f*ck. Be careful with this one, though, it’s catchy and you will definitely find yourself singing it at random after you have a listen!
Kick Your Legs Out is not an album for the faint-hearted. Every song Hanna writes has a message and a story, delivered in his uniquely sarcastic, discomforting way, while still being melodic and musically engaging. So have a listen to it when your ears are truly open, after you’ve used some Qtips.
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