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Ben Folds Five - The Sound of the Life of the Mind

Ben Folds Five - The Sound of the Life of the Mind
CRITIC SCORE
62
Based on 9 reviews
2012 Rank: #563 / 658
USER SCORE
61
Based on
6 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

75
A.V. Club
A.V. Club

Mind sounds exactly what a mature Ben Folds Five record should sound like: hard-won wisdom and withering observations with an unabashedly sentimental core. 

70
PopMatters
PopMatters

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. 

70
Consequence of Sound
Consequence of Sound

After all this time, the freewheeling Ben Folds Five still do the best imitation of themselves.

70
musicOMH
musicOMH

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.

60
Drowned in Sound
Drowned in Sound

Sadly, perhaps even inevitably, it’s a reunion which is ultimately infected by everything there is to lament about Folds’ ten year solo career

35
Pitchfork
Pitchfork

It's a reunion as obligatory and joyless as that damn "Fraggle Rock" video, and Folds' pop chops sound diminished.

User Reviews
92
Ben Folds. Not much to say. Legend. Genius. Can and should release records till the day he dies as far as I'm concerned, with or without whoever he wants. An absolute vital component of the music industry, and one of the few impeccably talented good guys. 'Michael Praytor' is the hit track here - unbelievable, furious drum fill intro, luscious & full 3-part harmonies, perfect ebb and flow of energy, ridiculous bridge jam - it's got it all. A legendary song. Erase Me, the ... read more

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DETAILS

RELEASED: September 18, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: ImaVeePee
PRODUCER: Joe Pisapia
GENRE: Alternative Rock
WEBSITE: www.benfolds.com
TAGS
END OF YEAR LISTS
# 33 - American Songwriter
Track List
  1. Erase Me 
  2. Michael Praytor, Five Years Later 
  3. Sky High 
  4. The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind 
  5. On Being Frank 
  6. Draw A Crowd 
  7. Do It Anyway 
  8. Hold That Thought 
  9. Away When You Were Here 
  10. Thank You For Breaking My Heart
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Added on: September 13, 2012