Ben Folds Five (album) by Ben Folds Five

Ben Folds Five
Ben Folds Five by Ben Folds Five (1995)
Overall rank: 1,570th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Award Top albums of 1995 (31st)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (329th)
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Ben Folds Five - The Unauthorised Biography Of Reinhold Messner (CD 1999)
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Ben Folds Five Battle Of Who Could Care Less 3 Track CD Single
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Ben Folds Five is ranked 2nd best out of 6 albums by Ben Folds Five on

The best album by Ben Folds Five is Whatever And Ever Amen which is ranked number 1050 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,407.

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Whatever And Ever AmenBen Folds FiveThe Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner

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From junodog4 10/27/2013 21:34
Not quite their peak, but still solid.
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From OFarrio 01/06/2013 01:30
My personal favorite album Ben Folds has done. It best showcases his piano playing skills and displays just the right amount of sarcastic wit and emotional depth. The Last Polka is especially fantastic.
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From paladisiac 12/13/2011 17:24
"jackson cannery" is good, but the ben folds five debut album doesn't truly kick in until "philosophy" ("go ahead, you can laugh all you want, but i've got my philosophy"), a sort-of- parody of all the alternative artists taking themselves and their "angst" so serious. They only bring piamo (ben folds), bass & drums, but it doesn't sound like these sounds are lacking at all. "underground" rocks (which starts out "I was never cool in school / I'm sure you don't remember me / and now it's been ten years / I'm still wondering who to be / and I love to mix in circles, / cliques and social coteries, that's me" and ben sings "And we'll be decked / in all black / slamming the pit fantastic / Officer Friendly's little boy's / got a mohawk / and he knows just where we're coming from" even adding in a cowbell, aka cattle call). Ben Folds was the best, most playful piano player since the billy joel & elton john 80s hey day. (tori's good too, but her piano work is more elegant and brooding.) Ben Folds had a way of accessing sentimentality and longing without being sappy, injecting quirkiness in the lyrics and varying the piano arrangements, which shows on numbers like "alice childress", "best imitation of myself" ("i feel like a quote out of context") and "boxing" ("Ambition has given way to / desperation and I / lost the fight for my eyes").
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From GuitarDan 12/01/2010 22:49
CONTEXT: Ben Folds Five's debut stood out in the alternative rock scene because it lacked guitars and included wry, humorous lyrics. A breath of fresh air. MUSIC: Ben Folds loves to show off his piano skills, and for the most part, it serves his songs well. The hooks are punctuated by lively drums and aggressive, fuzzed-out bass. LYRICS: Many songs are character studies that also touch on common themes of failure and redemption. HIGHLIGHTS: Philosophy, The Best Imitation of Myself
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From FatDave 06/03/2008 22:33
Between this and Whatever and Ever Amen, this is the better album. I'm surprised I had to add it to the database.
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