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  • Vinyl (18 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B008KRWKDK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jono Gilmurray on 18 Sep 2012
Format: Audio CD
Well, my hopes were ridiculously high for this album...and having got it back from my local independent record store and played it from start to finish, I'm overjoyed to report that 'The Sound of the Life of the Mind' easily surpasses my greatest hopes for how good it could be. It's a phenomenal piece of work - funny, sad, beautiful - oh, and it Rocks. It Rocks like your Mommy. The best piece of piano-based punk rock for sissies you'll hear this lifetime!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Southwell on 19 Sep 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from Ben Folds 5 reforming, I loved their early stuff, it was young, angry and full of bounce. But they are older now (as am I!) and trying to go back to their roots completely would surely end up with a slightly desperate result.

This album feels like a bridge between the Ben Folds 5 albums and Ben Folds best solo album, Songs for Silverman, with the added influences of Folds jaunts into Accapella showtunesy melodrama (in a good way) and his story telling from the work with Nick Hornby. We have the perfect mix of the upbeat "Erase Me" and "Do It Anyway" to the moving "Away When you Were Here", the wistful "On Being Frank" and the wonderfully childish "Draw A Crowd".

Aside from the first two BF5 albums I have felt that all of Mr Folds work has included a weak song or two that I would often skip, I am quite a few listens in to this album and if there is a weak song I haven't spotted it yet. Part of me wanted a new "Underground" or "Battle of who could care less" but they have been done.

Can't wait to see them live in December!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Thornton on 29 Nov 2012
Format: Audio CD
It seems the Amazon reviews for this cracking album do it justice, which I'm glad about. But I thought I'd just add: most of the professional reviews of this record have been utter twaddle. First off: hacks expecting BFF to come back with nothing short of the finest album they've ever made, and mewling because they haven't, are frankly demanding too much. Second, a couple of reviewers commenting along the lines of "this is basically no different to a Ben Folds solo album, with a little more grit", are talking utter tosh. Finally, a handful of suggestions that Folds himself doesn't sound like he's in it to win it. Again, claptrap.

So here are the facts. No, it's not quite as good as "Whatever And Ever, Amen", but then which albums ever are? It's certainly better than "The Unauthorized Biography..." and whatever recent Folds solo offerings I've heard. It contains a slightly weedy closing track ("Thank You For Breaking My Heart"), a pair of mellow growers ("Sky High", "Away When You Were Here"), a pair of charming BFF mid-tempo ballads ("Hold That Thought", "On Being Frank"), four absolute old-school BFF stompers (the title track, "Erase Me", "Do It Anyway", "Draw A Crowd") and, finally, one inspired, original, energetic, eccentric and completely brilliant song ("Michael Praytor, Five Years Later") which is as good as anything BFF have ever created, now or then. The latter five songs will be enough to satisfy any former fan that this reunion is not a cash-in, shadow-of-its-former-glory travesty; "Michael Praytor", with its Steely Dan-on-speed harmonies and crunchy instrumental mayhem, could be enough to win BFF a whole new crop of admirers. Let's hope so.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Rogall on 21 Sep 2012
Format: Audio CD
A band that re-unites... That often smells of desperation, of cashing in after less successful times.

Well, Ben Folds certainly did not need to reunite with his two excellent bandmates from Ben Folds Five because he has established a remarkable and highly successful solo career.

So this new BFF album definitely was not made because of monetary reasons (and if it was it never sounds like it). Folds obviously wanted to work again in this format. And the result is one of the most hauntingly beautiful and fun albums of the year. It is filled with perfect melodies and lyrics, arranged with vibrant but never self-important ideas and virtuoso timing. In a better world this album would be a megaseller, dominating the worldwide charts.

Every song brings out a different impression of the band's multi-faceted abilities, from the wickedly sardonic and perfect opener "ERASE ME" to the barn-storming "MICHAEL PRAYTOR - FIVE YEARS LATER", turning inwards with the melancholic mid-tempo "SKY HIGH", changing gears again with the intricately fashioned rhythm of the title track "The Sound of the Life of the Mind", delivering one of the groups BEST BALLADS ever with "ON BEING FRANK", following it with the deliciously silly and rhythmically complex "DRAW A CROWD", diving right into the up-tempo country-punk lead single "DO IT ANYWAY", before going sweet, sad, ironic and melancholic with the closing trifecta "HOLD THAT THOUGHT" (with fantastic voice arrangement), "AWAY WHEN YOU WERE HERE" and "THANK YOU FOR BREAKING MY HEART" - three songs that bring an unexpected emotional power to the closing of this record.

Nobody can craft a melody that stays in your head after hearing it for the first time like Ben Folds. Once again he excels at what he does, and his two exceptionally wonderful bandmates Robert Sledge (bass) und Darren Jessee (drums) have definitely inspired the whole endeavour, lifting Folds to new heights.

A perfect album!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam harris on 19 July 2013
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They've outdone themselves in all departments.
The lyrics shine brightest in Do it Anyway and Away When You Were Here. He can still tell stories as shown in On Being Frank which feels like the amazing 'Boxing'.
The songs can be heartbreaking "Thank You for Breaking My Heart" is maybe one of Ben Folds' most beautiful songs.
And yet they can still rock out as shown on Draw a Crowd which consists of probably their best chorus since Song for the Dumped.

The piano playing is at its best on Do It Anyway, Erase Me and Michael Praytor.

It's rare to have a band return after so long and release an album which feels like they were never gone. Yeah they don't sound exactly the same but that's because they're more mature, this is a richer kind of music.
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