If you've ever listened to any Ben Folds Five ever, then you've probably already decided on whether you like it or not. if you did like it then this is for you (if not then i expect you're reading this by mistake). It offers more of the same, but in a different flavour. maybe i should explain myself, yes, i think i should. The first album from ben folds five (ben folds five - self titled) showed us how they could bombard our senses with beautifal music, however the 'feeling' of the music was all over the place,you felt moved, but you didn't quite know where to. With whatever and ever amen we are moved, and also in the right direction. The emotion given by songs such as 'Brick' and 'Evapourated' are strong and coherent, it is entirely possible to just sit there through the whole album and do nothing, only realising it once it stops. If you wanted to compare it to BFF's other albums without the use of convoluted metaphors, then put it like this; 'Ben folds five' sets the scene, shows their skill and lays down some great music, 'Whatever and ever amen' picks up where the first left off, this time with confidence and competence. Seeing as 'Ben folds five' is no longer available through traditional means, this would be your best starting point for the band. Not the best Ben Folds Five album, as they're all great on their own merits, instead, say that it is a more than welcome member of the family, and is instantly appealable to (unlike 'the unauthorized biography of rheinhold messner', which is just wierd first time round). buy this first, then buy all the others. all of them.