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Jay Bennett, ‘Kicking at the Perfumed Air’ (Rock Proper)

David Menconi // July 2, 2010

Bennett was finishing up Kicking at the Perfumed Air when he died last year, and it comes with all the requisite intimations of mortality. The ex-Wilco member gets in touch with his inner Mark Eitzel, contrasting spare hooks and sonics with operatic barfly pathos. And the finale will break your heart: “Beer,” in which Bennett looks back with regret while downing 14 cold ones. “Think I’ll crash my car / Then I’ll become a star / Overnight,” he croons in an exhausted murmur, his voice catching on the last word. A perfect exit, stage left.