12 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Many years from now, Ben Folds Five’s Whatever and Ever Amen will be studied as a gauge of inter-personal dysfunction during the 1990s. Beyond its scientific value, the trio’s second album has considerable merit as a funny, frolicsome, and surprisingly touching song collection. Folds reinforces his reputation as an incurable wise-guy on such biting tunes as “One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces,” “Song for the Dumped,” and “Battle of Who Could Care Less.” But there’s more here than cheeky lyrics set to careening keyboard melodies. There’s real angst behind the darkly droll tone of “Fair” and “Selfless, Cold and Composed.” The radio hit “Brick” is an exquisite slice of sorrow, made all the more poignant by its buoyant chorus. Musically, BFF manages to disguise zippy Broadway-style numbers (“Steven’s Last Night in Town”) and swirling jazz waltzes (“Smoke”) as indie-pop tunes, thanks to lean ‘n’ mean arrangements and an overall air of slacker nonchalance. When he wants to, Folds can apply himself with high seriousness to confessional ballads like “Missing the War” and “Evaporated.” Mostly, though, he uses Whatever and Ever Amen to dissect the quirks of the human heart with a surgeon’s skill and a satirist’s relish.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Many years from now, Ben Folds Five’s Whatever and Ever Amen will be studied as a gauge of inter-personal dysfunction during the 1990s. Beyond its scientific value, the trio’s second album has considerable merit as a funny, frolicsome, and surprisingly touching song collection. Folds reinforces his reputation as an incurable wise-guy on such biting tunes as “One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces,” “Song for the Dumped,” and “Battle of Who Could Care Less.” But there’s more here than cheeky lyrics set to careening keyboard melodies. There’s real angst behind the darkly droll tone of “Fair” and “Selfless, Cold and Composed.” The radio hit “Brick” is an exquisite slice of sorrow, made all the more poignant by its buoyant chorus. Musically, BFF manages to disguise zippy Broadway-style numbers (“Steven’s Last Night in Town”) and swirling jazz waltzes (“Smoke”) as indie-pop tunes, thanks to lean ‘n’ mean arrangements and an overall air of slacker nonchalance. When he wants to, Folds can apply himself with high seriousness to confessional ballads like “Missing the War” and “Evaporated.” Mostly, though, he uses Whatever and Ever Amen to dissect the quirks of the human heart with a surgeon’s skill and a satirist’s relish.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

kriszaug ,

Great, great, great power pop

This is such an awesome album. The lyrics are so clever, touching, hilarious. - he is amazing. Some favorites are Fair, Brick, Missing the war, and Steven's last night in town. However, Kate is such a great song it deserves special note. 9 yrs. later, my kids dance around the house with me to this fun, funny, one of the best songs ever, I swear, songs...

BIG-TUNA ,

Great!

BFF was, and still is a very good band. This CD especially, is really great.
I recommend buying this whole album if you don't already own it, cause every song on here is a masterpiece. Ben Folds is a genuis.

iShakes ,

Great CD!!!

Brick, Song for the Dumped, Steven's Last Night In Town, and Battle of Who Could Care Less. The Best songs on this CD but there all great. Get this CD Ben Folds Five is amazing.

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