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Sony's 2015 budget-line compilation Playlist balances rarities and hits. The rarities usually arrive in the form of live tracks and are often some of Ben Folds Five's biggest hits — "Underground" and "Battle of Who Could Care Less" are both here as live versions, not studio. There are also covers — "Video Killed the Radio Star," a live version of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" — along with the singles "Brick," "Song for the Dumped," and "One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces," helping this to turn into a nice sampler of the trio's range, humor, and talent.

Customer Reviews

Album only cash grab

Title says it all.

Good collection

This is a great set for new fans, it has their best known songs (from college/alternative radio) and their one really big hit "Brick" . Several are unreleased live versions of the album songs. Anyway, as a longtime fan, I think it's a good representation of the band, and it's their only greatest hits compilation. For old fans buying single tracks, the album only "Raindrops..." song can be bought separately on iTunes, it's on a Burt Bacharach live compilation, just search for it.


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

Genre: Alternative

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

Led by the pop-minded prowess of their namesake frontman, Ben Folds Five dispelled any misgivings about a band's ability to rock without guitars. Calling themselves "punk rock for sissies," the Chapel Hill natives were often grouped with the nerd rock movement of the mid-'90s, although their debt to jazz music -- not to mention Ben Folds' acerbic spin on the classic pianist/songwriter tradition -- ensured the trio a long-lasting legacy after their split in October 2000. The band also provided a launching...
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