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  • Audio CD (March 23 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B00005NZKK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 243 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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Rockin' the Suburbs is the solo debut album from Ben Folds since disbanding his Ben Folds Five group and sees Ben return to classic, rollicking form, with bawdy songs such as the title track and traditional ballads including second single 'Still Fightin' It' (the successor to BF5's 'Brick'). Rockin' the Suburbs was produced by Ben Folds with Ben Grosse , and features guest appearances by Cake's John McCrea and DJ Swamp.


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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By A Customer on June 27 2004
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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I purchased this cd without any expectations except for reading a few good reviews. I can't say that I enjoy every single song on the disc, but I absolutely LOVE 2 of them.
"Still Fighting It" is probably the best song I've ever listened to about growing older and having time pass you by. It is sad and hopeful at the same time. You may have to be older than 25 to really feel all the emotions of this song. I'm 28 years old and the song speaks volumes to me in only a few words. Trust me, if you are having one of those days/weeks/months where you feel like life is moving along a bit too quickly for you... this is the perfect song. Perfect. It will bring a smile to your face no matter what kinds of emotion you are feeling.
"Gone" is one of the most melodic and uptempo songs about breakup you'll ever hear. I think most people have gone through a relationship where things didn't end the way they'd like. It doesn't matter who does the breaking up. The soaring piano and vocals will having you singing along as if it was an anthem for the once broken-hearted.
If you find this disc used, please buy it. Think of it as the best 2 song cd-single you'll ever purchase. =)
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I was forced to listen to this by a friend of mine. "You'll love it, you'll love it!" he said.
I love it.
I had it on in the background while I was doing stuff around the house, once or twice through, just marvelling in the amazing rhythms and melodies; they're really wonderfully done. And then I sat done with the booklet and went through the lyrics.
... I don't cry often. From my teenage years on (14 years now), I can count the number of times I've cried on one hand. I read through "Still Fighting It" and lost control.
The song is exceedingly simple; the love and wonder a father has for his newly born son. Not having children, I've never experienced what Ben obviously feels... and I have some insight now into that precious relationship. I thought about my father. I thought about all those fathers who lose their children. I thought about God, the Father of all of us. And I cried for ten minutes.
Then I read through "The Luckiest". This song I can personally identify with. It's not a song that could have been written by an unmarried man. This is not lust, or infatuation. This is enduring love, born of knowledge and time. Beautiful, and naked on the page.
I've never heard such honest, personal work.
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When the single "Rockin' the Suburbs" came out, I didn't think much of it. Weird Al directed it, that was the only reason I was interested in it. At the time, I didn't know much about Ben Folds. Then a few months later, I saw the video for "Still Fighting It" on VH1 and I thought it was one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. Unfortunately, I missed the name of the song and I never saw the video again (I don't think they played it more than 5 times.) So in a Sam Goody, the video came on again and I finally got the name of that song. A few weeks later, I bought the CD.
I tell ya, I have never fallen in love with an album like I have with this. Every song is a winner, there's really none you can skip. The piano playing is flawless and powerful. In some tracks (like "Still Fighting It") the percussion adds a lot by building up gradually. Strings are also put to good effect in this album, especially in "Carrying Cathy." Ultimately, what makes this album really work is the delivery of Folds's lyrics. He means what he sings, and the passion is evident in every single second of music.
This is the kind of album that immediately makes you a fan of an artist, as I am now a big fan of Ben Folds. I would recommend this album highly to all music lovers. You'll be playing it over and over again!
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Ben Folds is a mature piano pop rocker in the same vein as Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne and other 70s rock legends. However, he taps this vein while injecting his own brand of intelligent independent poetry and storytelling that put both Holden Caufield and Broadway confessionals to shame. He knows how to play his instrument as well. In addition to playing every instrument on this album, his piano keeps getting more and more complex. Now it seems that Ben is finally figuring out how to perfectly incorporate his piano into his sound.
Melody comes natural to Folds and his music's quality reflects this attribute. There is not a truly bad cut on this album. It flows beter than any album I've heard from this year or in some cases, any year. He can inspire, depress, motivate, and maniplate sometimes in the same song. While some may call him derivative, he incorporates his own signiture style onto every song.
Now a track by track analysis and the reason I like this CD so much:
This album is superb. Annie Waits is the perfect opener as it tells a story about pain, longing, and lonliness with a perfect and ironic pop beat and clap (8.5/10). Zak and Sara (without an H) is the perfect follow up. It is another example at how great Ben's sketch's can be when the music is fabulous as well (8.5/10). Still Fighting It is the anthem that would not have sounded out of place in the 70s. It is great to hear live (9/10). Gone is another song with hypnotic verses and a grand climactic chorus (9/10). Fred Jones Part II is the sad and bleak look into life after being reduced to a figure. It describes being picked up and dropped, the paradox of old age, and becoming obsolete. It deals with the despair associated with aging.(10/10).
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