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Don't believe the professional critics.,
This review is from: The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind (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.