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Old 02-21-2005, 10:11 PM   #1
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Ben Folds "Landed"

I'm so fucking anxious for Songs for Silverman. Ben's 2001 album, Rockin' the Suburbs became one of my ten favorite albums of all time upon first listen... and it's still there. I have to think that Ben Folds is possibly the most underrated performer of his generation. He writes brilliant pop songs with stinging barbs. It's equal parts venom and sweetness, often at the same time. He put out 3 brilliant EPs (four if you count the one with Ben Kweller and Ben Lee) in the span of a year, and had more than enough material there for an album... but he only picked one (of at least 8 top notch songs out of the 15) for the new album. I would have preferred "There's Always Someone Cooler Than You" or "All U Can Eat" to "Give Judy My Notice," but...

Now that I've heard "Landed," and still have "Give Judy My Notice" on my list of best songs of 2003... I'm practically pissing my pants over this album. This is unusual for Ben as a first single, usually it's something smartass for the first single (see "Army" or "Rockin' the Suburbs"). And this is just a beautiful little pop song about lost love. So good for a change of pace in terms of the way he's presenting himself. I just hope he doesn't try to be *too* mature... I still get a real kick out of "Song for the Dumped" and "Rock this Bitch"
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someone ran off with the radio station copy (already, it just came like 2 weeks ago ), so i don't think i'll be hearing it
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I've never actually heard a whole record, but I saw him open for Tori Amos a couple of summers ago and he was amazing. It's usually difficult for me to sit through an opening act when I am so excited for the main event but I was sucked in from the moment he sat down at the piano.
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I've never actually heard a whole record, but I saw him open for Tori Amos a couple of summers ago and he was amazing. It's usually difficult for me to sit through an opening act when I am so excited for the main event but I was sucked in from the moment he sat down at the piano.
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Send me an email, if you'd like I could throw together a compilation for you, one disc of his stuff with Ben Folds Five and another of his solo work.
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i have the ben folds five cd i dont recall th3e name "the autobiography of reinhold..."??? anyway, its surprisingly a great album i remember i used to hear the song "army" asnd dismissed them as some pop/punk band but i found this cd once at a park and gave it a listen and loved it. i believe there was only 3 people in the band which is amazing for the music they made.
i love narcolepsy and don't change your planes and many more.
i have most of 'rockin the suburbs' and it is also great

his piano playing
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Send me an email, if you'd like I could throw together a compilation for you, one disc of his stuff with Ben Folds Five and another of his solo work.

if you insist
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i've heard this song, i love ben folds especially rockin' the suburbs, its good stuff... you can go to itunes and download landed for 99 cent
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'Brick' is an insanely fantastic song.
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"Brick" is a great song, but there's much much much better Ben to be heard.

If you like the sad, contemplative side of Ben, you have to at the very least hear "Mess"
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Just want you to know that I didn't forget, I've got a tracklisting more or less together, I'm just waiting until I get back to campus to burn the CDs and ship them out.
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Okay, so, yeah, Songs for Silverman is really, really, really fucking good.

I went out and bought it on my lunch break today (yes, I was a good girl and waited for the proper release). And I got a free 7" of "Landed" with it, too.
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ben folds

"the luckiest" is one of the most beautiful songs i've ever heard.
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Ben Folds

I'm glad I had a chance to shake his hand, he's a great musician.
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