Mind sounds exactly what a mature Ben Folds Five record should sound like: hard-won wisdom and withering observations with an unabashedly sentimental core.
Folds’s songwriting has aged marvelously, and he, conveniently, is in top form on his old band’s first new recording in over a decade.
After all this time, the freewheeling Ben Folds Five still do the best imitation of themselves.
This is a solid, if unspectacular, comeback and fans will be crossing their fingers that The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind is a new beginning, rather than a one-off cash-in.
Sadly, perhaps even inevitably, it’s a reunion which is ultimately infected by everything there is to lament about Folds’ ten year solo career
It's a reunion as obligatory and joyless as that damn "Fraggle Rock" video, and Folds' pop chops sound diminished.
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