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Speed Graphic Ep [Limited Edition, Import]

Ben Folds Audio CD
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Limited edition Japanese exclusive EP.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Diverse, fun, high-quality EP May 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
Ben Folds decided to release this album as a digital-only EP in the USA. The only way to get a printed, shrink-wrapped CD is to import it from places where the iTunes Music Store and similar services have not yet flourished. I purchased the digital version of this album on iTunes, encouraged by its low price and diverse-sounding tracks.
Though piano and drums are used exclusively on every song, each track's sound is very different. Each song sounds unique. At no point was I sick of hearing Ben work over the keys of his baby grand Baldwin. The drummer throws down some almost-funky rhythms to keep things lively.
"In Between Days" is fast, driven piano rock with a great riff that will instantly get stuck in your head. A fast, strong start to the album.
"Give Judy My Notice" is a moderately paced song about right what the title implies: breaking up with Judy. Ben sings of his tiring of being Judy's plaything; a slightly more descriptive, funny, coarser word is used in the song. An interesting, surprisingly heart-felt ballad about a sad guy. One of my more favorite songs by Ben, though it may be a bit melodramatic.
"Protection" is fitting to follow the downer Judy, as Ben wants to protect himself from women. Some good piano and drum solo in this keep it lighthearted and joyous.
"Dog" is a nice little tune whose title and main rhythm gets the listener picturing Snoopy dancing around a little path, with Ben Folds taking over for Charlie Brown. However, this time it seems like Brown/Ben is going to get the girl! A very catchy tune, with a nice little cameo by, maybe, Ben's girlfriend of the time.
"Wandering" is a slow, reflective song to end the album. A pretty piece, with some interesting lyrics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Folds Is Brilliant April 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love this album. Every single track is amazing. Folds' ability to create catchy, witty, intelligent piano-driven pop is truly mind blowing. He does it consistantly, album after album, and here he's no different. The riffs and melodies are absolutely infectious.
Songs like "Protection" and "Dog" virtually force the listener to groove to the music. I found myself driving down the highway playing my air-piano and tapping both feet in time with the music. You can't even help yourself.
Folds has said his upcoming album is going to be in the vein of this album and Sunny 16 and I can't WAIT!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful EP July 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
while his newest EP, sunny 16, is slightly better than this one you still definately need this one too. all the songs are great, although "give judy my notice" is probably my favorite song from both EPs.
however, DO NOT buy this cd from amazon.com. you'd have to be insane to pay that much money for five songs. either go to ben's website and order it, which is about $9 after shipping and all...or just go to sony music and download the songs for $4.95. i would say just go download them off of kazaa but i was unable t find three of the songs, so it's a lot quicker to just go buy them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Song is a Favorite April 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you see Folds live this spring (his college tour), he sells this for $8 at the show.
I like every song on this EP. I don't know who or what he's writing about, but like most of Folds songs, each one seems to be telling a story. Dog is an upbeat work out song, keeping you moving the whole time. Wandering and Give Judy My Notice are the slow songs, but I enjoy them as well. In Between Days is a cover of a Cure song, and Protection is another good one.
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