The Ben Folds Five were only getting better, gradually discovering the confidence not to hide their musical uniqueness there have been too few piano-led power trios and lyrical intelligence behind undergrad Barenaked Ladies -style gags.
Songs like "Mess" and "Brick" signaled an extraordinary new songwriting talent worthy of comparison to Folds's obvious idols, Elvis Costello and Paul Simon. Only this album's title track harkens back to Folds's fondness for comedy, and it is by far the weakest track here.
The rest is mournful, reflective, and, at best, quite magnificent. Folds's hymns to his family, "Still Fighting It" and "The Luckiest" are shot through with an honesty that's rare in alternative rock. Folds's second solo effort is his best album yet.
The remainder of his career must be anticipated with equal parts expectation and impatience. Skip to main content. Buy new:. Ships from: Amazon. Sold by: Media Supplies Outlet. FREE Shipping on your first order. Arrives: Friday, Oct 2. Fastest delivery: Tuesday, Sep 29 Order within 9 hrs and 21 mins Details. Only 1 left in stock - order soon. Add to Cart. Secure transaction.
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There have been great songs, but not too much consistency. This is the exception. So if you have been nearly there, but just can't seem to get Ben on your list of "Must Have CDs," give this one a chance. Two songs stand out in my mind, both melodic -- lots of piano and thought.
As a father and a son I hear Ben's poignant lyrics and think of both my father and my son. This is simply a great song. Man finally finds his soul mate after years of fits and starts and tells her he's lucky. A wonderful tune I can listen to over and over. Beware: Ben does not Rock the Suburbs on this disk. It is filled with catchy, melodic, foot tapping songs, but it is hardly what you would consider cutting edge Rock.
This falls more into the category of Adult Intelligent Rock. The production is flawless, the lyrics are thought-provoking. One criticism. Ben, please leave out the gratuitous use of profanity. I'm no goody two shoes, but I just don't see where these words fit into otherwise beautiful music.
I am hard pressed to stylistically distinguish any these songs from any of those created by the Ben Folds Five with Darren Jesse and Robert Sledge, which is to say, they are great. Listening to Ben Folds is to relegate the air guitar and its imaginary acrobatic chords and adopt the air piano.
Folds is simply an awesome piano player and every track with the possible exception of the title track exudes this cascade of wonderful piano, either in sliding machine gun chorus, or, as seems more his wont on this album, an atmospheric and evocative but not a ballad piece with smooth but significant and piercing vocals.
I've been waiting years for this to be re-pressed on vinyl. The transfer and pressing to vinyl is top rate on this essential Ben Folds release. The jacket is a bit flimsy, but I refuse to dock it any review stars for it. I didn't buy it just to look at it. For those listeners whose roots go back to an earlier era of singer-songwriters it's worth noting that this album and Ben himself is up there with classics that have stood the test of time: Joni Mitchell's "Blue", Joe Jackson, Jackson Browne's "Running on Empty", Bruce Springsteen's "Greetings from Asbury Park".
These songs are haunting, disturbing, and beautiful. To me even the title song RtS is a plus -- a fun look in the mirror providing us all with a grin against the overriding backdrop of personal vignettes. So while Ben's current status as an "alternative" performer may keep this album from becoming a classic in the eyes of the public, it will definitely become a classic for those of us who have the pleasure to hear it.
This is a simply divine album. Ben Folds is in top form with this, his first solo effort. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. DPReview Digital Photography. East Dane Designer Men's Fashion. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Deals and Shenanigans.
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