11 Songs, 40 Minutes

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Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

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Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

70vir ,

Their best work, hands down.

I have been a huge fan of the Ben Folds Five since I saw them at the Horde Festival in 1997, and this is unquestionably their best effort. It lacks much of the pop or "college-radio" feel of their other albums, and it is truly a piece of masterful artwork. Each song combines a unique sonic landscape with painfully realistic and simple lyrics. From the moving "Magic" to the space-jazz ramblings in "Your Most Valuable Possession" to comically pathetic "Army", this album is a nonstop experience which is absent in the remainder of the Five's work.

jakeinatl ,

This is only the second review?!?

I'm amazed more people haven't written about this album...

For any Ben Folds fan, you should buy this album to experience the depth at which Folds layers sounds. He manages to incorporate so many different facets of music into each song, it's a wonder he's not more thouroughly recognized.

"Narcolepsy" starts you off with a great, powerful, and slightly confused yet defiant rock opera. From there the album moves quickly and slowly, from happy to sad to mad and everywhere inbetween.

"Regrets" is another highlight, an loungy, groovy, poetic journey through one man's memories.

"Jane"-so true.

I'm sure you're tired of reading. Perhaps I'm just tired of writing. Just buy the album.

Born2Late ,

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I for one hope that each album from a strong and creative artist is different. Did you think the same way as a kid as you do now? Have you learned since then? The thing I love about Ben is the only consistency (other than talent and fine, fine music) is the paradox he presnts between , well, happy and sad. His music conveys them simultaneously. Optimistically suicidal.Joyously depresed. Ecstatically gloomy. His solo albums are each like a ride through the spectrum of emotions, including humor.All set to unique melodies and orchestration built around an amazing pianist and songwriter. As good as any of his other albums ie; amazing.

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