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Songs For Silverman [Dual Disc]

Ben Folds, Fear of PopAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 26, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Dual Disc
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0007WF1XC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,229 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bastard
2. You To Thank
3. Jesusland
4. Landed
5. Gracie
6. Trusted
7. Give Judy My Notice
8. Late
9. Sentimental Guy
10. Time
11. Prison Food

Editorial Reviews

What's great for Ben Folds fans —true fans, not the kind who signed on after hearing 1997's un-Ben-like radio hit "Brick" —is that Songs for Silverman picks up right where the excellent Ben-comes-into-his-own Rockin' the Suburbs left off in 2001. These are heartfelt songs: sometimes cheeky and occasionally heartbreaking. "Gracie," written in a hopeful key for Folds' young daughter, unravels to playful but brilliant piano plinks; "Late," for the departed singer/songwriter Elliott Smith, sidesteps straight-on sadness to convey a sense of lost camaraderie; and the clear-eyed "Landed," delivered in Folds' unadorned, tree-trunk sturdy voice, will inspire untold revelations for those stuck in stalled relationships. The music, meantime, maintains its sharp edge: "You to Thank" juts out with the help of a two new players in a celebratory jazz direction, while "Give Judy My Notice" dabbles in country and a chorus swells for "Jesusland." Throughout, Folds' piano work remains a pop-music goodie bag that defies duplication. --Tammy La Gorce

Product Description

The first side of every DualDisc contains a full audio album. The DVD side provides the same album in enhanced sound (such as 5.1 Surround Sound), along with such multimedia features as music videos, documentary footage, photo galleries, web links, and other enhanced content. DualDisc will bring the music fan even closer to the creative artistic process and add an exciting new dimension to the consumer's musical experience. BMG. 2005

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty cool new CD from Ben F. April 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Songs For Silverman starts off with a twist - the punchy, busy (...) a sign that we're in for an interesting ride. The music that follows is vintage Ben Folds - epic piano playing, passionate vocals, dramatic melodies, etc. The lyrics do seem untypically restrained on occasion, as on the gentle and lovely "Gracie," but I'm thinking most BF fans will eat this CD up. Ben has been very prolific in the past year or so, with 3 solo EPs, plus the "Bens" EP, PLUS this new album. I'm grateful that the Silverman CD has minimal overlap with the EPs. When you add it all up, the five discs of tunes amount to a mighty fine collection of songs. Ben's melodies and piano lines are more rich than ever, deep into Elton John "Tiny Dancer" territory. (Folds has never shied away from the EJ comparison, and has covered "Tiny Dancer" often in concert.) He and his two primary bandmates, Jared Reynolds and Lindsay Jamieson, have made things sound even better with some Beach Boy style harmonies, and strings come in on a few songs to add poignancy. Mr. Folds' albums are the kind that I enjoy more and more with repeated listens, and I can tell this new one will be the same way.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No "Suburbs," but still quality Folds! May 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is probably the Ben Folds solo album that sounds the most like a Ben Folds Five album, right down to the new trio lineup, generous amounts of vocal harmonies, and studio banter. His utterly brilliant, no-holds-barred solo debut "Rockin' the Suburbs" definitely stands alone, and upon listening to "Songs for Silverman," it's pretty clear Ben doesn't want to try and top it. Instead, we get a collection of pleasant piano-laden tunes, which isn't a bad thing, but after the varied eclectisism of his online EP releases, you would think some of that might have transpired onto the LP. The only EP track that makes it onto "Silverman," "Give Judy My Notice," is also the most basic of the original EP compositions (why didn't he put "Cooler Than You" or "You've Got to Learn" on here instead?)

I ought to start talking about the positives of this album before I start getting bombarded with "not helpful" votes. :-) The songs themselves are excellent. Some of the more complex pieces like "Time" and "Late" merit repeated listenings. Opening track "Bastard" is one of the best tracks Folds has ever written. The aforementioned "Give Judy My Notice" gets a much-needed editing job, as well as the addition of slide guitar and beautiful background vocals. The only problem is the sequencing of the album, with the most immediate tracks kicking off the album and nothing in the second half seems to serve as a proper ending, unlike the one-two punch of "Fired" and "The Luckiest" off "Suburbs." For "Silverman," we're given "Time," a beautiful number featuring Al Yankovic on background vocals, and "Prison Food," which doesn't really leave you with much. At least you can always go back to the start and listen to "Bastard" again.

I also want to talk about the special edition package and enclosed DVD.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Songs for Silverman" is gold, man May 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is yet another stellar change in direction for Ben, who shows a new and deeper facet with each passing album. Simply put, this album is well-produced and well-constructed, with two new background players (Jared Reynolds [bass] and Lindsay Jamieson [drums]), a DVD-sized package (if you get this edition), a bonus 40-minute DVD, and a whole new booklet of photography by Ben and his wife Frally. You'll also see familiar faces in the guest artists: Weird Al Yankovic, John Mark Painter, and Frally Folds.

For those of you thinking that a new bassist and drummer mean a return to the 90's and the return of a "Five," you're in for a shock. While Reynolds and Jamieson provide a magnificent background on instrumentation and vocals, their style differs drastically from the band of old. It isn't necessarily a bad or a good change, just different. This album also won't have the same dynamics as Ben's previous album (Rockin the Suburbs) or his EPs released in 2003 & 2004. As always, some will welcome the change and see it as a musician expanding his horizons and breadth, while others will not accept the fact that change is inevitable and view this as a possible betrayal of the old sound (hopefully, "Rockin' the Suburbs" and/or the EPs weeded these people out already).

The bonus DVD offers a look at the meanings of almost every song, extensive studio footage, live clips, Ben and his band watching the initial cut of the DVD, and even a look at the making of the "Landed" video. It's every music groupie or die-hard fan's dream: watch the making of the album, see the personality of the people, and get some behind-the-songs knowledge to wow your friends with.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DualDisc technology is LAME. Beware! September 4, 2005
By Rimbaud
Format:Audio CD
Music: 4 stars...very good album from Ben Folds. But unfortunately, the audio side of the DualDisc doesn't work in my Apple G5. The DVD side works but I'm not able to import the audio into itunes. So if you're planning to load the songs into itunes then download it into your ipod, forget it. In fine print at the bottom of the jewel case it says, "the audio side of this disc does not conform to CD specifications and therefore not all DVD and CD players will play the audio side of this disc." Of course, you don't know this until Amazon sends you the CD since they don't display the warning on the page. Be forewarned.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived on time and in the promised shape.
I wish it wasn't almost impossible to ship vinyl without some light corner damage... no matter how well packaged. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anthony Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars the best
I love Ben Folds, and like him with the band Ben Fold Five best. But this collection of songs is so endearing, it is my fave.
Published 10 months ago by Nora Woman
4.0 out of 5 stars Does not play in computer
Dual Disc is ONE disc that wont play in a computer (which means you can't import to iTunes) and plays in some cars. BIG BUMMER of a disappointment.
Published 14 months ago by htimsenna
4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
I really like this CD. I have to say I prefer Rockin the Suburbs, and his album with Nick Hornby, but the more you play any Ben Folds the more you love it.
Published 15 months ago by Teri
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great album by Ben Folds
This album includes the hit song, "Landed." It is a quality effort by pop piano musician, Ben Folds. I highly recommend it to fans new and old of Ben Folds.
Published on November 28, 2011 by Jersey Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars my new love..
I am a big ben folds fan, and have been. I never listened to this, never bothered to, until a friend played landed. i loved it instantly. Read more
Published on February 7, 2011 by Aquamauza
3.0 out of 5 stars For Fans of Folds
Ben Folds has been popular with the under 30-set (those born 1980 and later) for sometime. The ultimate Folds album is ROCKIN' THE SUBURBS. Read more
Published on October 12, 2010 by tvtv3
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Did you ever wonder why Elton John made such an impression on AM and FM radio in the early 1970s? Did you ever wonder why, if you listen to a Laura Nyro album today, the music... Read more
Published on August 28, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
1.0 out of 5 stars love the album, doesn't import to itunes
I wish I could put this on my ipod, but because of it's dualdisc nonsense it's the ben album I hear the least because who carries around a cd player anymore?
Published on August 31, 2009 by gregory S. Andree
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Album--Lousy DualDisc
I love this album. I recommend it to all Ben Folds fans, and I don't regret purchasing it--I just regret purchasing this DualDisc version. Read more
Published on July 4, 2009 by H.M. Talbot
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