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4.0 out of 5 stars Older & chubbier, the return of BFF part 2, 27 April 2005
This review is from: Songs For Silverman [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
Ben Folds returns here to where he's been before. By recruiting a drummer and bass player as his band members the result is, unsurprisingly, not a million miles from Ben Folds Five, his previous band. So this is far more like, say, "Whatever and Ever Amen" than Ben's last solo album offering "Rockin The Suburbs". On the strength of the first few listens there isn't a stand out track, except perhaps 'Landed', or 'Trusted'. Ben's mellowed of late, there's a distinct lack of the piano punishment heard previously, and on in songs like "Gracie" (about his daughter, bless) he's in danger of approaching easy-listening. But otherwise there is the usual Folds high quality and I'm sure more than a few are destined to grow on me.
The DVD packaged with this is what you might call a home movie, as Ben gives an interview to a background of studio footage recorded by his wife during the making of... An interesting peek at the process of recording, and noticing how Ben has put on just a bit of weight, but not something you'll ever watch more than a couple of times.
The packaging of the CD & DVD is a black hard-back book which looks very smart with arty photos, lyrics etc inside. Unfortunately it's a total pain to get the discs out of and I can see it getting very tatty very quickly. And, of course, it doesn't fit on your CD shelf.
To sum up; if you loved Ben Folds earlier work with BFF you'll like this. Ben's older, chubbier, mellower, but the magic's still there. Back to the drawing board on the packaging though.
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