2 December 2012
Ben Folds - Rockin' The Suburbs
This is the first (and not the last) of many a reviews I will probably do about this man. Released in 2001 this was the first album released by Messier Folds after the break up of his previous band - Ben Folds Five. Whilst no reason for the split was ever given apart form that it was amicable, this is not a million miles or even 10 metres away from some of the musical themes that have always been Ben Folds signature.
Starting with "Annie Waits" with it's simple piano and clapping you are placed in the zone that usually read - no guitars will be played here (Ben Folds Five were a three piece, with piano, bass and drums). But this was the first album that Mr Folds did use guitars on - the best examples are the title track & "Carrying Cathy".
The main thing that also came on in leaps and bound here was his story telling. Loss - "Carrying Cathy", Fatherhood - "Still Fighting It", Age "Fred Jones Part 2" - all covered with the sensitivity and care than he showed in BFF just seemed to take a sonic leap on this album. The stand out moments for me are the songs "Not The Same" and "The Luckiest". The first being a wonderful story about a friend of Mr Folds who went up a tree whilst tripping at a party and came down a born again christian and the later a heartfelt ballad about the current love of his life at that point.
All in all, this is the most complete album by Ben Folds. It has rock out tunes, sarcasm (very rare in an American), joyful sing-along moments and heartbreaking melodies that should make the coldest hearts break. If a wondering piano man is what you need, this is a very good place to start.
10 out of 10 - This is proof that there is a god
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