• Ben Folds @ Shepherds Bush Empire 2008/11/30

    1 Dec 2008, 01:08 by jwheare

  • Way To Normal Review

    28 Oct 2008, 01:18 by paulsahner

    Way To Normal Review

    I finally wanted to take the opportunity to go over my thoughts of Ben Folds' latest solo outing, Way to Normal.

    Hiroshima (B B B Benny Hit His Head)- I really wish this wasn't a live recording...I'd like to hear how it would be treated as a studio track. The story is great, and the melody has some real killer moments, but nothing about the song grabs me.

    Dr. Yang- Classic Ben piano in this song...it took me a few listens to get used to just how dirty the bass was in this song, but I eventually got on board. I feel like this would have been a stronger opener for the album.

    The Frown Song- One of my favorites right off the bat. This is a great mix of some new sounds with classic hooks. I can't get enough of the chorus.

    You Don't Know Me (feat. Regina Spektor)- It's a good song...and succeeds in a lot of areas. But from two of my favorite artists I expected SO much more. I felt like they weren't even in the same room when their parts were recorded (which now-a-days…
  • Record Review: Ben Folds - Way to Normal (Real and Fake)

    6 Oct 2008, 23:22 by catchingsignals

    I got the super duper deluxe vinyl/CD/DVD/bonus CD box set of Ben Folds' new album Way To Normal the other day. The DVD is better than I expected. I'd say at least get the DVD edition if you're a fan. There are a lot of interviews with the whole BF family--both the musical family and parental units. They talk about how he got into music and his bed-wetting days. Ben's dad is great. There's the obligatory tour footage in there too. The veil is uncovered on the recording of the fake songs. They were done during an all-nighter in Dublin. Ben and crew had a hard time keeping a straight face during some of them. There are some studio performances and music videos as well. I'm in the DVD credits!

    The bonus CD is 8 hand-picked versions of Rock This Bitch. In the Breeze has to be my favorite. I remember hearing about the show where he came out for the encore in his boxers and a big white t-shirt, and some folks in the front row saw his nuts when he was conducting the audience on his piano. …
  • Ben Folds Advises Parents...

    1 Oct 2008, 04:36 by LauraLaurent7

    ....that he swears a lot in his new album..oh man..

    he never ceases to amaze me.. oh collaborating with regina spektor? you sly man you! she's wonderful.

    just start off with an ultra catchy song, sing about the most random things, you have got me hooked now.. we will just wait for the rest of the album to really gather a good enough impression, review or whatever I can do or think about ben folds and his never-ending wonder.

    Way To Normal is beginning to really not sound like much of what he has done before. Songs For Silverman was so sullen and somber.. sweet even. it at times left me bored, but the album was necessary for those serene times in life that one may crave, right?

    I am noticing there are no clear endings between the songs, they all have just flowed into one another. Its as though...the is saying "there is no stopping me", me and my ultra catchy songs and piano antics of fury.
    Rock on, rock on with your fashionable frown
  • Contenders for Album of the Year (2008)

    27 Sep 2008, 22:23 by jono87

    It was about this time last year that I wrote a journal entry with a preliminary list of my favourite albums of the year and a call for suggestions of albums to check out. It turned out being quite a valuable post, as I discovered phenomenal albums from LCD Soundsystem, Beirut, The National and of Montreal (which ended up being my favourite album from last year). So here I am, trying it again in the hope it'll be just as successful this time around.

    First things first. These are the albums that I've fallen in love with so far.

    The best of the best

    Ben Folds - Way To Normal: A guaranteed inclusion. I would say a return to form, though that's being a bit tough on Songs for Silverman. After all, a below par Folds record is still miles better than most other things out there.
    Favourite songs: Cologne, Bitch Went Nuts, Kylie From Connecticut

    Amanda Palmer - Who Killed Amanda Palmer: I can safely say that there's only two artists in my iTunes library that have the genre tag 'Punk Cabaret'. …