This is not my favorite BFF album. But it's the best. Reading through the reviews on this page, i have come to notice a sharp difference in opinion on the trio's final offering, mainly centred around the quality of the middle section of the album. It is interesting that 'Regrets' does not seem to be a particularly popular track, when, in my opinion it is a superb outpouring of a confused and disillusioned childhood. When i listen to this track, i feel like i can associate with it entirely.
It would appear that most people can't handle the change between the earlier stuff, and this more acomplished material. More fool them. From the powerful opening of 'Narcolepsy' through the silliness of 'Your Redneck Past' until the beautiful simple melody of 'Lullabye', this album reeks of cleverly written lyrics, and well-rounded musicianship. Anyone who can equally pull off 'Army' and 'Magic' on the same album gets credit from me. But then, I always have liked them.
Incidentally, I saw them on their last tour - touring this album, and it was quite easily the most entertaining live performance i have ever seen. The silliness was weaved in effortlessly with the outstanding music (much like this album) and Ben Folds Five guaranteed their place at the top of my list..