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4.6 out of 5 stars
Rockin' The Suburbs
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on 28 April 2015
Brilliant album. As with all things music-based, give it a listen through on youtube before buying, as everyone's taste is different.

"The Luckiest" at the end of the album was a beautiful surprise, really like the way Ben talks to the listener through music, managing to use his own weird phrases and analogies and make them sound fantastic
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on 3 September 2017
One of his best albums so i'll review the vinyl production only. I can't fault the pressing; it's done very well. The sleeve however feels very cheaply made, with edges that are sharp and poorly put together. The inner sleeve is really cheap, so will need replacing with a decent one that actually protects the record.
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VINE VOICEon 22 June 2008
This is a superb album that massively surpasses all the Ben Folds Five back catalogue in my opinion. It is full of superbly catchy melodies and thoughtful, moving and amusing lyrics. 'It'll make you laugh and cry' is an over-used phrase, but it is rare to find a songwriter that is so equally at home dealing with both tragedy (e.g. Carrying Cathy) and lighthearted mockery (e.g. Rockin' The Suburbs). This is Ben's finest album, almost of all of the songs are captivating in different ways and it will not disappoint.
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on 17 November 2016
Love Ben Folds. This is probably his best work.
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on 2 November 2015
Great condition.
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on 10 May 2015
Great value and service
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 14 April 2009
OK, I'll put my cards on the table. For me, "Rockin' The Suburbs" is one of the greatest albums ever made. It remains one of the most loved and most played albums in my collection of thousands. I first discovered Ben Folds when the debut "Ben Folds Five" album came out and I heard "Where's Summer B." on the radio, bought the parent album and loved it. Since then, I have followed Ben's career closely and nothing has touched my life nor impressed me as much as this absolutely amazing album.

Performed largely by Ben himself, with only a couple of musicians adding cello, guitar and vocals to a handful of the songs, Ben's first solo album proper since leaving the Five behind is a masterpiece. It's excellently produced as well. From the sound of the piano lid opening before the first chords of "Annie Waits" to the last few notes of "The Luckiest", this is the sound of an artist exercising complete creative freedom, singing from the heart and making perhaps his most expressive album to date.

It is very difficult to pick out the best moments of this album. How can you choose between the beautiful, creative and yet heartbreakingly sad music and lyrics of "Carrying Cathy", the maddeningly brilliant piano solo of "Fired", the tremendously catchy "Losing Lisa", the kooky, fantastically-written tale of freshly-found-love of "Zak and Sara", the hilarious "Not The Same" or the tender, very human song dedicated to his Son, "Still Fighting It"? You know, I could go on, they`re all incredible songs. There's probably only one song on this album I don't absolutely love and that's "The Ascent Of Stan" - and that's merely rather ordinary, rather than being a bad song.

Nearly everything on this album speaks to me. "The Luckiest" is probably one of the greatest and yet most unusual love songs ever written. For me, Ben writes best when he's happy, when he is in love with love and life itself. His writing is at its most powerful when he attempts to convey joy, sadness and tragedy to us. This album is packed full of humour ("Fired" and the great title track, for example) and yet there's no evidence of the overtly sarcastic or near-nasty Ben which sometimes makes listening to his work uncomfortable and provokes my girlfriend into calling him a jerk. "Rockin' The Suburbs" is about as close to a perfect album I've ever heard - and you should hear it too.
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VINE VOICEon 14 June 2005
Having established a reputation as a talented writer of pop songs with his former outfit Ben Folds Five, Folds' debut solo album may take some people by surprise with its tender nature. 'Rockin the Suburbs' is essentially a collection of songs about personal anguish, from the girl waiting patiently for her date who never shows (Annie Waits), through to tales of religious exploitation (Not The Same) and unstable girls reliant on other people (Carrying Cathy). These songs are all light in sound, piano-led ballads most reminiscent of old BF5 songs like 'Brick', for some this will be a disappointment and certainly the first time I heard it I didn't find it instantly accessible.
On first play though there is one standout track, as just as the songs of one-night stands with girls who look like Axl Rose seem firmly in his past, Folds returns to familiar pop ground with the title track 'Rockin' the Suburbs'. Upbeat and poppy, with guitars and synthesisers, Folds offers a biting critique of the noticeably less talented of today's top stars. Although he doesn't name names, the remarkably clever styles of songwriting make it obvious who he's taken aim at: "Dunno how much I can take/Give me something I can break" is a good line, as Folds imitates thoroughly-whinging nu-metal meathead Fred Durst, and the bass solo at the end clearly takes a chunk out of KoRn. As all this is going on, Ben even manages to namecheck the people who *are* worthy of credit (Quiet Riot, Michael Jackson, Jon Bon Jovi).
To say that the best track on the album harks back to BF5 days should not take anything away from the rest of the album. Once you've heard the album through a couple of times, there are 5 or 6 brilliant songs here they just take time to grow on you, and I would easily recommend it to any Ben Folds Five fans or anyone into piano-led music.
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on 11 December 2003
I've been a Ben Folds fan since I saw him on later with jools holland back in 1995 promoting the first BFF album, and I've been hooked since. Where the other albums were instantly catchy, I had to give this solo venture a few listens. It gathered dust in my CD collection for months on end before I decided to give it another try, and finally grew to love it.
I really admire any artist who plays nearly all of the instruments on their album. This wasn't, however, some self-conscious ego trip on Fold's part; the songs are all well crafted and full of Fold's trademark charm and wit. He doesn't stray too far from his usual power-pop style, but it works wonders nonetheless. There's some great tracks about family life, some great and often moving character portraits (Carrying Cathy) as well as a great and novel parody of middle class teenage nu-metallers with the title track. There's not a bad track on the album.
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on 20 February 2005
Compared to the Ben Folds Five records this is very much a studio album. This isn't the sometimes raw sound of his old band, this is the sound of a brilliant musician buffing a great set of songs until they positively shine. It's kind of cruel to point it out, but on this showing Ben Folds doesn't miss his ex-bandmates. He plays most of the instruments on this CD and demonstrates a mastery of them all. Even more than his work with BFF these songs have a personal touch and power than can really strike home. But above all, this collections of songs demonstrate that Ben Folds is a gifted composer and he can still rock a piano like no other
I'm loathed to pick a favourite ("Still Fighting It") and honestly can't pick a weakest track. There are no fillers here! Yes, the title track is a bit of a joke as Ben has a dig at American angst rock (despite what some bizarrely say in other reviews here, he's not talking about himself), but it's still a great track!
If you loved Ben Folds Five you'll more than likely love this. Personally I think it's every bit as strong as BFF's amazing first album. Ben Folds can and has gone on from strength to strength.
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