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Singer/pianist Ben Folds (born September 12, 1966, in Winston-Salem, NC) is best known as the leader of the power pop trio Ben Folds Five, but has also struck out on his own as a solo artist. Despite playing in bands in high school, his musical career didn't really get off the ground until the late '80s, as a bassist for Majosha (the outfit issued such ... Read more in Amazon's Ben Folds Store

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  • Audio CD (28 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B001Q8FRSK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Southwell on 31 May 2009
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I'm a hardcore fan of Ben Folds, he has easily dominated what music I've listened to for the last 8 years. I was a little sceptical about this album but I thought I'd give it a go and I was pleasantly surprised. I will be writing this reveiw on the assumption you already know the originals to these songs!

This is my first experiance of A Cappella and it seems that it cannot achieve the same bounce and energy as Ben Folds can with a piano, drums and base so songs like Army and Still Fighting It are indeed a little flat. Once you acept that just sit back and enjoy the quality of the singing voices, every song has something to offer and the amount of talend on display is fantastic. This is especially true of the version of Magic, it's one of my favourite Folds songs and the version on this album made my jaw hit the floor, took my breath away, knocked me down with a feather and then hit me for six. It's really good! On the other hand I don't like what they did with Boxing.

As a Ben Folds fan I recommend this to Ben Folds fans.... I have no idea what other people will make of it! But I think it will at least add something genuinly different to most music collections.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Southwell on 31 May 2009
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I'm a hardcore fan of Ben Folds, he has easily dominated what music I've listened to for the last 8 years. I was a little sceptical about this album but I thought I'd give it a go and I was pleasantly surprised. I will be writing this reveiw on the assumption you already know the originals to these songs!

This is my first experiance of A Cappella and it seems that it cannot achieve the same bounce and energy as Ben Folds can with a piano, drums and base so songs like Army and Still Fighting It are indeed a little flat. Once you acept that just sit back and enjoy the quality of the singing voices, every song has something to offer and the amount of talend on display is fantastic. This is especially true of the version of Magic, it's one of my favourite Folds songs and the version on this album made my jaw hit the floor, took my breath away, knocked me down with a feather and then hit me for six. It's really good! On the other hand I don't like what they did with Boxing.

As a Ben Folds fan I recommend this to Ben Folds fans.... I have no idea what other people will make of it! But I think it will at least add something genuinly different to most music collections.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 May 2009
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My first thoughts about this album when I first heard of the concept was that it could either be really terrible or really great. Well, I was wrong, it's neither. Many of the versions of Ben's songs here are under whelming and tend to lose the emotional power of the originals, such as Greensboro`s "Not The Same" and Folds` own "Boxing" which feels pretentious and over-embellished compared to the understated original. "Selfless, Cold and Composed" by Sacramento State is messy and loses the emotion the original recording conveyed and Rochester University`s "Army" just seems a little lifeless. There are some fantastic moments on this album though, Ohio University's version of "Brick" definitely hits the mark and Washington University in St. Louis' "Still Fighting It" is spine-tingling in places, as is "The Luckiest" with a gorgeous lead vocal performance on both - it's just a shame that these highlights are few and far between. I get the impression that those who have really excelled at this project are those who really understand what Ben's music is all about, rather than attempting to be intricate and clever.

I approached this album with an open mind and have listened to it a few times in order to give it a fair hearing but my thoughts about this album remain the same as the first time I heard it. To be honest, although it's an interesting project and a creative concept, I don't believe that I will probably be listening to this album much in future, although the handful of highlights will certainly be uploaded onto my MP3 player. For all of the artistry and the obvious effort that the choral groups have put into their arrangements, this isn't much more than a novelty album and mainly leads to me wanting to hear the brilliant original recordings of the songs.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philtrum on 16 Jun. 2009
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I've been a fan of BF since his first album with BF5 and I've seen him a couple of times live. Like other reviewers I was not too sure what to expect with this album but I've been listening to it for 2-3 weeks now and I think it's one of the best albums I've heard in a long, long time.

Granted, the format may be something of an acquired taste but persistence will reap rewards. I've listened to some of these songs 20-30 times and each listen reveals something new.

I strongly recommend looking at some of the performances on YouTube. Current favourites include Jesusland, Landed and Selfless, Cold and Composed. I disagree wholeheartedly with another reviewer's opinion on the latter as I think it's the best song on the album.

Frankly, the two songs Ben does himself on the album are the weakest tracks.

I love the album (as you might have guessed) and I would think it will stay a firm favourite for many, many years to come.
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