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Rockin The Suburbs

Ben Folds Audio CD
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1. annie waits
2. zak and sara
3. still fighting it
4. gone
5. fred jones part 2
6. the ascent of stan
7. losing lisa
8. carrying cathy
9. not the same
10. rockin' the suburbs
11. fired
12. the luckiest

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On the evidence of Rockin' the Suburbs, Ben Folds's decision to jettison the two-piece Five that had backed him on four largely excellent albums has not resulted in any significant shift in trajectory. The Ben Folds Five were only getting better, gradually discovering the confidence not to hide their musical uniqueness (there have been too few piano-led power trios) and lyrical intelligence behind undergrad Barenaked Ladies-style gags. Songs like "Mess" and "Brick" signaled an extraordinary new songwriting talent worthy of comparison to Folds's obvious idols, Elvis Costello and Paul Simon. Only this album's title track harkens back to Folds's fondness for comedy, and it is by far the weakest track here. The rest is mournful, reflective, and, at best, quite magnificent. Folds's hymns to his family, "Still Fighting It" and "The Luckiest" are shot through with an honesty that's rare in alternative rock. The acerbic essence of character sketches such as "Carrying Cathy," "Losing Lisa," and "Zak & Sara" are leavened with a generous compassion. Folds's second solo effort is his best album yet. The remainder of his career must be anticipated with equal parts expectation and impatience. --Andrew Mueller

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5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite Ben Folds album Jan. 17 2010
Format:Audio CD
With the except of the title track, this album is superb through and through. I go through an emotional journey each time I listen to it. The piano is fantastic and each song tells a clear story. Go listen to the songs on YouTube, but I seriously think this one is a keeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ben folds = Amazing. Feb. 28 2008
Format:Audio CD
I absolutely LOVE ben folds, and i haven't been disappointed by ANY of his albums, past or present.

he is a musical genius who oozes originality, talent and just all around amazingness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, classic, overlooked album Nov. 8 2005
Format:Audio CD
Ben Folds is a piano virtuoso, amazing lyricist, talented songwriter, and an overall clever, funny, emotional, likeable artist. So why have so many people not heard his music? It's a mystery, but one thing that is not is the clear quality of this album. Everything about it has a masterful, professional, raw quality about it. As mentioned, Folds' piano is amazing. His lyrics, when not hilarious, are so emotional and moving, it's almost tangible at times. Each song on this album is self-contained. None sound like, or deal with the same subjects, as the others. There is comedy, tragedy, comfort and a strange, underlying depressing nature all in the same great record. There are so many reasons to pick this record up, that I can't name them in 1,000 words but that should be enough for you to give Ben Folds a shot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best CD you've never heard Oct. 31 2004
By Peter
Format:Audio CD
Man, Ben Folds, what can you even say? This album is gold from top to bottom. Every song on this disc has merrit, there's not one you would really want to skip over. Ben Folds Five really took advantage of the piano based group, something that really hadn't been overdone, but something with that group just doesn't match up to Ben Folds on his own with this album. Get this CD just on a whim and you'll be more than satisfied, this is certainly one of my favourite albums (and that's saying a lot!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite..EVER!! July 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love this CD. There are 3 songs on it that have moved me to tears more than once. Ben's lyrics are so meloncholy and I think everyone has experienced what he has written about at some point in their lives. A couple of the songs really speak to those of us who are middle aged and realize how short this life really is. His lyrics are amazing and great for a long drive in solitude with your stereo and your own personal memories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive July 6 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD is both fantastic and addictive - one of the only Cds that don't require any track skipping!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD! June 27 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
1.annie waits-very good song, upbeat, different-good opener
2. zak and sara-sooo good! one of my favorites on the cd, funny lyrics, makes you happy!
3. still fighting it-eh, good, slow, you have to be in the mood for it
4. gone-good song. somewhere in between slow and fast. very good lyrics. fun to blast-you get into it.
5. fred jones part 2--one of the prettiest slow songs ive ever listened to. very sad song, just soo pretty and calm. you'll like it.
6. the ascent of stan--a different kind of song, not one of the best on the cd, but not bad either. good piano as always.
7. losing lisa-good. not the best, good lyrics though!
8. carrying cathy-another really pretty song. interesting lyrics.
9. not the same-lyrics make you think, slower-but very good.
10. rockin' the suburbs--good song! faster, kind of silly lyrics but its good!
11. fired-my second favorite song on the CD after zak and sara---soo much fun to listen to, upbeat, cheerful, sooo good!
12. the luckiest--sooo pretty!!!! very sentimental, calming. very good!
VERY good cd! something different!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Genius? June 2 2004
By Bob
Format:Audio CD
Seriously, what can Ben Folds not do? He truly proves here just how much he didn't need the other two from Ben Folds Five. On his own he is just as good as ever. He's clever, he's catchy, he's an amazing musician, singer, preformer, and now producer. Ben really is the single most talented person in all of music right now. Period. Time and Time again, he makes amazing music. This album is no different. And even though this album isn't perfect, more like 4.7 stars, it's definitly well worth a listen. Ben should have a new album soon, but till then I strongly urge you to check out his two newer eps "Sunny 16" and "Speed Graphic." They're both fantastic and expect more glory to come from Ben Folds for years to come. He truly is amazing, not to mention the great musical genius of our generation.
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