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Deft power-pop songwriter & RACONTEURS founder returns with his first collection of solo material since 2013 – and he’s in a very good mood indeed.

“There’s something about this record,” Benson says of Dear Life, a snappy half-hour of largely blithe power-pop. “A friend of mine called it life-affirming”.

Benson’s first outing on bandmate Jack White’s Third Man label is positively drenched in the fulfilment of family life, the culmination of a lengthy sabbatical he took because he “couldn’t bear the thought of leaving. I was so enamoured with my kids, I just sort of lost touch with my career.” The follow-up to the more turbulent subject matter on 2013’s You Were Right is certainly not without sonic experimentation, though. Benson was forced to vacate his Nashville studio during the album’s gestation after it was condemned to demolition. Necessity proved to be the mother of invention as the songwriter worked at home using software instruments and headphones, playing everything on Dear Life himself.