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3.0 out of 5 stars Was it really worth it?, 18 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind (Audio CD)
I've followed Ben Folds Five / Ben Folds ever since they played backstreet clubs in the UK, full of no more than about 200-300 people. They are such good musicians, and make fantastic music.

When they went their separate ways, Ben came back with Albums like Rockin' The Suburbs. - Which were equally as good as Ben Folds Five releases ( if not better than the Reinhold album )

Then Ben Folds became a " Matured " artist and started releasing slower more wordy Melodies.

Its really sad then, that this album is very much a continuation of the slower stuff.
- Aside from "Do it Anyway!" which is what most will hear as a soundbite from this album. And its a good song.

So, Ben Folds Five are back!! -everyone keeps saying.

Shame its so low key really, as this is a mostly throw away album which doesnt ignite my previous passion for Ben Folds Five.

Bands should NEVER reform :(

Sorry if this review upsets you, but its only my opinion.
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Initial post: 19 Sep 2012 13:33:20 BDT
G. Southwell says:
I'm glad that back, yes they have matured and some zing has been replaced with more artistry - but I like that, I have grown with them.

Posted on 20 Sep 2012 20:49:35 BDT
Mr Beery says:
Er..the Reinhold album was their best. Sure it was a slower tempo but his songwriting had developed and matured as you'd expect for such a talented chap. Songs for Silverman was great also but overall for me he's been a bit disappointing since BFF. Opinions eh!

Posted on 27 Sep 2012 08:31:56 BDT
S. Cowan says:
I agree with the review. The album is lacking.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2012 11:40:07 BDT
I also agree. It's a bit of a let down. And I adore Ben Folds. A brave 'comeback' record for sure. Commercial ? NO

Posted on 29 Sep 2012 09:25:25 BDT
Mr Devant, didn't you at one time have a 'spirit wife'?

Posted on 3 Oct 2012 22:39:32 BDT
I agree with your review too. Where're the beautiful chord sequences? Where're the magic lyrics that sound so great? It's lacking in imagination, and it sounds rushed
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