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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B008KRWK8U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,006 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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

Editorial Reviews

In 2011, the original three members of 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. 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 return with The Sound Of The Life
Of The Mind, the group's first album of new music in 13 years.

Customer Reviews

I look forward to more to come!
L. A. W. Ryan
Ben Folds Five consistently create gorgeous music through the years with masterful melodies and thought-provoking, singable lyrics.
Brett Butzman
I enjoyed listening to this album several times in the first few days.
David Estey

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dave C on September 18, 2012
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For a long time fan this much anticipated album makes it feel like they never left, so many good melodies, sweeping harmonies, and great stories, i love it.
There's no "Uncle Walters" here but that was almost 20 years ago anyway, they've always developed richer sounds on each subsequent album and to me, they've nailed this velvety retro fuzz while keeping the hooks popping and the piano stomping.
If you were also a fan previously i see no reason why this won't give you shivers down your spine, it just sounds like Ben Folds Five and that's all i've wanted and waited for these past 12 years.
Let's hope this isn't the last we hear from Robert, Ben and Darren and i'm so thankful they at least gave me one more record, my others have almost worn out. Get on it.
PS: Check it out on vinyl too!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D-Rich on September 18, 2012
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Ben Folds Five was a very popular rock/pop group from the 1990's that was together for an all-too-short-but-highly-prolific five years. Their first record was a high energy, jazzy, melodic sunny burst. Their second was in the same vein, but with a more mature and seasoned sound. Their final record was a mid-tempo, jazz influenced piece that held together better when played from start to finish as a collective body of work. Regardless of the differences of these three records, they were all equally brilliant and inspirational. There's a reason young people are still listening to these records; they've stood the test of time.

The band broke up in 2000, which sent Ben Folds into a solo career (one that ended up being as highly prolific as his days in the "Five") He went on to produce for several other artists, become a judge on NBC's "The Sing Off" for three seasons, release a live album, three solo albums, and one collaborative album with author Nick Hornby. Despite the fact that Ben Folds Five has been inactive for 13 years, it's clear that Mr. Folds has been anything but.

Which brings us to "The Sound of the Life of the Mind." The band's fouth record (Ben's eighth, factoring in his solo records) fits right in with the previous three (and subsequently, where his last solo outing left off). Ben Folds has always been the main songwriter, arranger, lyricist, and producer of the "Five"'s records, so it's no surprise that the songwriting on this album feels like a natural evolution from his last solo record. What bassist Robert Sledge and drummer Darren Jesse really bring to the table is a rough, powerful energy that brings a certain light to Folds' songwriting that otherwise isn't there (not to say his solo albums didn't have some powerful moments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By phnbkr on January 31, 2014
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It's sad to me really, I know Ben loves to mix it up, that's what makes him the genius he is, but inevitably when I put in one of his newer works or collaborations I just end up yearning for some of the classics. The new stuff has all become to technical for me. It's hard to explain it but the new stuff you can tell it's chopped up and laid down. A lot of the old stuff from this group sounded like three guys in a closet, raw and gritty almost, that's gone. The effects while cool take a lot away from the beauty of Ben's playing too much. They tried valiantly with this one, and there are some catchy tracks, but nothing that makes you say "I wonder if they'll do another album together?" It's clear Ben has kind of outgrew the whole thing, and all of us clamoring for the reunion for years kind of got a dose of reality with this one. I say rest on your laurels BFF, you have an outstanding legacy and a dedicated fan base but please don't just turn into one of those bands that just put something out to put something out.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pete Zolli on September 20, 2012
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I've been a BF5 fan since hearing "The Battle Of Who Could Care Less" on the radio in 1997. I was disappointed when they broke up, but understood... You can only play "Brick" so many times before wanting to do something else. I've followed Folds's career since then, and liked some albums/projects better than others... But always felt that the BF5 material was better, because Sledge and Jessee contributed to it as musical equals, rather than hired guns (see the solo Beatles catalogs for other examples of this phenomenon).

Anyhow, how's the record? It's REALLY GOOD! :) "Erase Me" and "Do It Anyway" are (IMHO) the equal of anything in the BF5 catalog, and several of the other tunes are worthy as well... And even the weaker songs are much improved by the personality that is added through being Ben Folds Five tracks rather than Folds solo work. For me, this one sits about equal with TUBORM... Maybe a few of the songs here are weaker than any on that record, but the best of these are better than any of those... If that makes sense.

SO BUY IT ALREADY. It's a good record, and we want to encourage them to make more. And go see the tour; that's pretty great, too, based on the show I saw.

One more thing. I'm very happy to report that (again, IMHO) this album isn't an exercise in nostalgia and trying to recapture the 90s. This is a new, current record that reflects where these 3 guys are NOW, and that's AWESOME. I'd say it shows progression and growth for the band, and points forward rather than looking behind. Only the coolest beans. :)
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