“Benny & Joon”
Genuine & Counterfeit (Equal Vision Records)
release date: 8/20/2013
by Mike Delano
Unfailingly earnest indie rally-rock from the former frontman of The Academy Is… (and a singer on the “Snakes on a Plane” song, score!). The line “We know who we are now/ just leave us alone,” has never sounded so anthemic as it does here on “Benny & Joon” from Beckett’s debut solo album, Genuine & Counterfeit. Also, the song title harkens back to a time when people liked it when Johnny Depp acted weird.