This article is from Issue 64: July/August 2013

Michael Benjamin Lerner’s voice is what gets you. His songs sound friendly, like that guy who’s always just asking if he can play you something he wrote. However, unlike with that guy, you won’t have to pretend to like Lerner’s songs.

The second record is the arduous journey to Mordor. It kind of sucks. It’s just a scary process. And then, by the third record, you’re going back to the Shire. It’s fun again. You don’t have people listening to it being like, ‘Oh, it’s his second record.’