Ben Folds Five

Ben Folds Five - Ben Folds Five
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1995 Ratings: #63 / 440
User Score
Based on 27 ratings
1995 Ratings: #67
August 8, 1995 / Release Date
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Piano Rock, Pop Rock / Genres
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#1 Jackson Cannery / #2 Philosophy / #5 Alice Childress / #6 Underground
#8 Uncle Walter / #9 Best Imitation Of Myself / #11 The Last Polka
Edit 1/16/2019: I initially gave this an 85 I found the album better on second and third listens. The album is just overall fun to listen to and not as repetitive when listened repeatedly. Alice Childress may easily be one of my favorite songs ever. That song is so memorable, and feels nostalgic and special, in a way.

A very solid, memorable, charming, and catchy record, Ben Folds Five's self-titled album is an impressive debut album. Although the tracks can get repetitive (because all of them ... read more
I went into this not sure of what to think. I knew Ben Folds cause my parents listened to him but I never actually heard him, just heard of him. I've probably never disclosed this to you guys, but I'm a sucker for some good hardcore piano playing, and Ben delivers that on most tracks. After realizing I was enjoying the album, I got into it, and then my experience went downhill. Everything past the halfway point is just garbage (Except for Uncle Walter that song goes hard). Better luck next time ... read more
Jackson Cannery - 10/10
Philosophy - 10/10
Julianne 8/10
Where's Summer B.? - 8/10
Alice Childress - 10/10
Underground - 9/10
Sports & Wine - 8/10
Uncle Walter - 8/10
Best Imitation Of Myself - 10/10
Video - 8/10
The Last Polka - 8/10
Boxing - 10/10

Overall Rating: 107 out of 120 = 89%

Overall Review: Ben is one of my favorites. He made nerds seem cooler. The debut album is chock full of story-songs and a few classics. His best work is yet to come but this is a great starting ... read more
Ben Folds is one of my favorite bands and this has to be my favorite debut album ever. Underground, Sports and Wine, Video, Best Imitation of Myself, Philosophy, the list keeps going on and on! Must listen!

Favorite Tracks:
Best Imitation of Myself

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Track List

  1. Jackson Cannery 
  2. Philosophy 
  3. Julianne 
  4. Where's Summer B.? 
  5. Alice Childress 
  6. Underground 
  7. Sports & Wine 
  8. Uncle Walter 
  9. Best Imitation Of Myself 
  10. Video 
  11. The Last Polka 
  12. Boxing
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Added on: September 13, 2012