our score: 5.0 out of 5.0
rock for sissies" is the way Ben Folds describes their music.
I guess you could say that. They have all the makings of
a rock band, except for one major ingredient - a guitar.
The replacement of the guitar with piano is what makes Ben Folds
Five unique. Their sound is one-of-a-kind. It also
doesn't hurt much that Ben Folds is one of the best pop piano
players I have ever heard. He is influenced from many different
musical genres, from rock, to ragtime, to classical, and everything
in between. Since he is also the lead singer/songwriter, these
influences are apparent in the lyrics as well. (Ben Folds
Five only has three members - Ben Folds just thought it sounded
better than Ben Folds Three).
BFF have all
the makings of a great band. I bought their CD based upon
a recommendation, who the recommendation was from? I don't
even know. Luckily I did though, or else I would have missed
out on what I consider one of the greatest bands to come around
in a long time. Ben sings about life. Not the woes
of life, as is found in a lot of the angst-ridden alternative
or rock music. Instead he writes about HIS life.
What it is like just to be a person, nothing about how the music
industry is destroying his personal life. More about what
it is like to be one of the normal people. My personal favorite
lyrical line of all time is on this cd "I was never cool
in school, I'm sure you don't remember me" starts off the
track "Underground". The song is basically a taunt
at the people who think they will be cool if they are different.
Funny stuff. Which is another reason BFF is such a great
their subjects in a playful manner. The band makes fun of
each other in some tracks, and they are having fun. You
know they are having fun. Ben's verse-chorus style is classic
musical style, but somehow they pull it off without sounding like
a ripoff. I think it is because they are just a great band.
All of their CDs (this is their first, they have since released
Whatever and Ever Amen - where "Brick" is from,
Naked Baby Photos,
and The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner) have
this vibrance in the music, although this is still my favorite
because of the raw joy in the music. Naked Baby Photos
exhibits this same feeling, but it is a lot of live tracks, and
I recommend getting their studio work first and then experiencing
the live BFF.
have a chemistry you can feel in their music. I am not talking
the chemistry we find in Smashing Pumpkins where they all approach
the music in a serious manner, but where the band is out to have
fun. A band that is enjoying itself always produces some
of the greatest music ever. The Beatles did it back in the
60s. Ben Folds Five are one of the bands doing it in the
90s. Sledge is great on bass, Jesse is an excellent drummer,
Folds is a great lyricist and supurb pianist, and the backup vocals
are enough to make me laugh. The lyrics are insighful, the
band is talented, and the vibe is flowing.
liked Ben Folds Five...
4. Where's Summer B?
5. Alice Childress
7. Sports and Wine
8. Uncle Walter
9. Best Imitation of Myself
11. The Last Polka