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Speed Graphic - EP

Ben Folds

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Album Review

The first in a series of three EPs released by Ben Folds in 2003 and 2004 may not be perfect, but as the typically wry lyrics found in so many of the singer/songwriter's tunes assure, little in life ever is. Still, Speed Graphic is a must-have for Folds fans for several reasons, the first being the thumping, piano-propelled cover of the Cure's 1985 classic "In Between Days." And while that reworking is both exhilarating and imaginatively arranged, the EP's manic "Dog" lacks the same magic. Sure, its observations about the 9-to-5 path chosen by many Americans is metaphorically similar to the chains our beloved pets must wear, but it pales in comparison to the disc's best moments, "Give Judy My Notice" and "Wandering." The former just may be the best ballad of Folds' career — which explains why the songwriter gave the tune a slight reworking for 2005's Songs for Silverman album. Meanwhile the latter, another lovelorn beauty that Folds wrote with ex-Ben Folds Five drummer Darren Jesse, upholds the argument that Ben is one of the finest singer/songwriters we have. ~ John D. Luerssen, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Give Judy My Notice

This version of Give Judy My Notice could be my favorite Ben Folds song. Check Wandering as well. Both are highly overlooked.

Biography

Born: September 12, 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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