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Whatever and Ever Amen

Ben Folds Five

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Many years from now, Ben Folds Five’s Whatever and Ever Amen will be studied as a gauge of inter-personal dysfunction during the 1990s. Beyond its scientific value, the trio’s second album has considerable merit as a funny, frolicsome, and surprisingly touching song collection. Folds reinforces his reputation as an incurable wise-guy on such biting tunes as “One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces,” “Song for the Dumped,” and “Battle of Who Could Care Less.” But there’s more here than cheeky lyrics set to careening keyboard melodies. There’s real angst behind the darkly droll tone of “Fair” and “Selfless, Cold and Composed.” The radio hit “Brick” is an exquisite slice of sorrow, made all the more poignant by its buoyant chorus. Musically, BFF manages to disguise zippy Broadway-style numbers (“Steven’s Last Night in Town”) and swirling jazz waltzes (“Smoke”) as indie-pop tunes, thanks to lean ‘n’ mean arrangements and an overall air of slacker nonchalance. When he wants to, Folds can apply himself with high seriousness to confessional ballads like “Missing the War” and “Evaporated.” Mostly, though, he uses Whatever and Ever Amen to dissect the quirks of the human heart with a surgeon’s skill and a satirist’s relish.

Customer Reviews

Great, great, great power pop

This is such an awesome album. The lyrics are so clever, touching, hilarious. - he is amazing. Some favorites are Fair, Brick, Missing the war, and Steven's last night in town. However, Kate is such a great song it deserves special note. 9 yrs. later, my kids dance around the house with me to this fun, funny, one of the best songs ever, I swear, songs...

Great!

BFF was, and still is a very good band. This CD especially, is really great. I recommend buying this whole album if you don't already own it, cause every song on here is a masterpiece. Ben Folds is a genuis.

Great CD!!!

Brick, Song for the Dumped, Steven's Last Night In Town, and Battle of Who Could Care Less. The Best songs on this CD but there all great. Get this CD Ben Folds Five is amazing.

Biography

Born: September 12, 1966 in Winston-Salem, NC

Genre: Alternative

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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