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The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective

Ben Folds

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The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective represents Ben Folds' first U.S. career overview. Compiled by Folds, the 18-track collection does a nice job balancing the North Carolina native’s snarky, punk-infused past with Ben Folds Five with the more accessible, ballad-heavy output of his solo career. Folds' slow dive into the mainstream, from piano-climbing college rock upstart to commercial crooner and likable (and knowledgeable) co-judge on NBC's hit a cappella singing competition series The Sing-Off, has had its hits and misses, but there’s no denying his knack for crafting instantly engaging melodies paired with lyrics that can go from heartbreakingly earnest (“Still Fighting It”) to biting and sarcastic (“Rockin’ the Suburbs”) in seconds flat. The Best Imitation of Myself may lean a bit harder on the former, but since ditching the Five, those have been the songs that have felt the truest. Still, listeners who missed out on his former incarnation will find songs like the remastered “Philosophy” and “Underground” to be the perfect entry point, while longtime fans looking for a bigger piece of bait will relish some of the alternate mixes, as well as a new Ben Folds Five cut, the newly recorded “House.” [The retrospective is also available as a three-disc edition that includes unreleased and rare home demos, studio outtakes, alternate mixes, live tracks, and two more brand new tracks by Ben Folds Five.]

Customer Reviews

Genius!

It's hard to fault Ben Folds. He's had such an incredible career. Even though I own all his albums there's so much stuff on this that's even new to me. It's a must have for anyone with an interest in his music!

Awesome!

This amazing collection has something for everyone - new fans and those who have been along for the ride for a while. Such a brilliant range of tracks spanning every facet of what has been an illustrious career. Enjoy!

Biography

Born: 12 September 1966 in Winston-Salem, NC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer/pianist Ben Folds (born September 12, 1966, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) is best known as the leader of the power pop trio Ben Folds Five, but has also struck out on his own as a solo artist. Despite playing in bands in high school, his musical career didn't really get off the ground until the late '80s, as a bassist for Majosha (the outfit issued such obscure releases as Party Night: Five Songs About Jesus and Shut Up and Listen to Majosha). Proving his multi-instrumental talents, Folds...
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