A New Album that Reveals the Introspective Extravert
Street Date – September 18th, 2012 : Available for pre order at http://www.benfolds.com and Amazon.Com
Review by Joseph Timmons – Xombiewoof.com Magazine
Five Stars : vvvvv
Ben Folds Five has enjoyed notoriety with many successful albums and have been welcomed into the hearts of their fans for a wide number of reasons, one of which is they have actual talent and vision in their music’s composition and lyrical content. Ben Folds Five is not to be taken for granted as “sing – song” or “folksy”, they have a message that is felt within. Ben Folds Five, described by some as an alternative rock trio, formed in 1993 ,the group is Ben Folds, Robert Sledge, and Darren Jessee. The group achieved mainstream success in the alternative, indie and pop music scenes. This trio of contemplative genius have come together to put forth and deliver their first album in several years, proving that perfection comes with time and tenacity. Some would think that so many years apart and out of the studio would cause an inability to work together and create the harmonies and pure sound that has been the trademark of Ben Fold Five’s success, yet all that time off hasn’t detracted from quirky, and sometimes geeky appeal of the band’s piano-driven music.
Ben Folds Five came together to record three new studio tracks for The Best Imitation Of Myself: A Retrospective, a career-spanning Ben Folds anthology on Columbia/Legacy Records. With the band’s magic rekindled while making the new tracks, Ben Folds Five gave its first concert in more than a decade to a spellbound audience at New York’s Mountain Jam Festival on June 2, 2012. Now, Ben Folds Five returns with The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, the group’s first album of new music in 13 years. First single from the album, which will be the first video from Ben Folds Five in just as many years is “Do It Anyway”, the band kicked off a U.S. tour September 13th 2012 and will be appearing nation wide to support this album.
Ben Fold Five’s new album, The Sound of the Life of the Mind, is an album that has been a long time coming, a continuation of their ability to captivate the listener into a world full of brightness and emotion.
The compositions, acoustic and ambient in it’s base, resonate and linger in the thoughts. Bouncy and playful, the music keeps in perfect time with lyrics that reach out and find a place in ones life. I listened to each track and found that they had a kindred connection to things I have and still experience in my life, and even with some moments when language can be surprising and unlike an expected thought of what is to come next, each lyric is meant to be there, perfectly placed and enrobed in a sweet melody that makes it a memory all it’s own.
I know, I gush, but my experiences with music have shown me that one can never take an artist for granted, their past measures an either drive them forward or hold them back, but with Ben Folds Five, The Sound of the Life of the Mind propels them into a place where only few can be at any given moment, and that place is in the perfect moment of time.
My only complaint is that the album is too short, even with 9 solid tracks that fill this album with ambient pleasure, it may leave one wishing for a 10th track , so in lieu of this elusive 10th track, I found their Live Stream Video where they discuss what is up with Ben Folds Five, their new album and more, enjoy it, and then go Buy The Album – The Sound of the Life of the Mind , which is available in CD, Vinyl and Digital Download, as well as other Albums by Ben Folds Five.
For tour dates and more visit http://www.benfolds.com