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Whatever And Ever Amen (Remastered Edition)

Ben Folds FiveAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 22, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • ASIN: B003W77SJO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,449 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. One Angry Dwarf And 200 Solemn Faces
2. Fair
3. Brick
4. Song For The Dumped
5. Selfless, Cold And Composed
6. Kate
7. Smoke
8. Cigarette
9. Steven's Last Night In Town
10. Battle Of Who Could Care Less
11. Missing The War
12. Evaporated
13. Video Killed The Radio Star
14. For All The Pretty People
15. Mitchell Lane
16. Theme From Dr. Pyser (Brendan O'Brien Studio Version)
17. Air
18. She Don't Use Jelly (Lounge-A-Palooza Version)
19. Song For The Dumped (Japanese Version)

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album with filler tacked on. April 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album is considered by a lot of folks to be Ben Folds Five's best album. It certainly was their most commercially successful. Any way you slice it, it's purty darned good. This reissue sounds marginally better than the original release, but the selling point is ostensibly the seven extra tracks that have been included. Well, I'm here to tell you folks that they're not all gold. All of the tracks have been available officially and unofficially for some time and if you're a BFF fan, then most likely you already have them. "Video Killed the Radio Star", "She Don't Use Jelly", and "Air" are decent tracks but the others are strictly for completists only. If you don't already own the album, then by all means pick it up; the original is killer and worth the price alone. If you already have a copy of the original release, then the slight increase in sonic quality and the extra tracks aren't really worth shelling out another $15 to line the pockets of the record company. Go to Ben Folds' website and buy his recent EPs instead. He gets a much bigger cut of the money that way. ;)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! A Perfect Album! March 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album is absolutely fantastic. It is a great album for listeners who would like to be introduced to the unique music of Ben Folds Five. The album, originally released in 1997, was the bands second album. It went out of print eventually, and so this version was released with improved sound quality, and seven b-sides tagged on. The opening track, "One Angry Dwarf And 200 Solemn Faces", was released as a single. It bursts with a furious piano riff by Ben. The song is a revenge anthem, portraying the life of a young kid who was bullied and picked on at school, who becomes to be a very successful star. "Fair" is one of my favorite tracks on the album. What makes this song so great is the chorus of Darren and Robert singing "Buh ba ba, buh ba ba, buh ba ba, bop ba ba ba ba". It gives the song a very old fashioned, unique feel. This song is a typical Folds love-story-gone-wrong song, with the famous phrase "All is fair in love". "Brick" was surprisingly the bands first, real radio hit. The song, which is written about a trip to the abortion clinic, is highly emotional in lyrics and in music. With a soft piano, and Robert on the double-bass, it has a somber jazz feel to it. "Song For The Dumped" was also released as a single. The song, written by drummer Darren Jesse is obviously about a recent experience of getting dumped by his girl. The song was originally recorded just for fun, as you may be able to tell by the conversation at the beginning. There was no intention on putting this on the album, but somehow, it made its way. This song really shows the bands great sense of humor, with the chorus "Give you my money back/give me my money back, you bitch/I want my money back/And don't forget/And don't forget to give me back my black t-shirt". Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! March 9, 2007
By Alwin
Format:Audio CD
Ben Folds/Five are one of the few artists (out of tons of genres that I like to listen to) that have risen to the top of the must-have-in-my-library list. This CD is worth more than it costs.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than your average reissue March 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
If you are a recent Ben Folds Five Fan, this is a great album to start with, as it contains many of the songs that launched the band to mainstream popularity including "Brick" and "Battle of Who Could Care Less." The reason you should start here, instead of with the original recording, are the extras... (Including a cover of "Video Killed the Radio Star," and the flaming lip's "She Don't Use Jelly.") Most reissues are simply a way to capitalize on a fan base that must have everything an artist has done. If you are looking to add to your Ben Fold's collection, this disc has a significant amount of new material which makes it better than your average reissue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Piano pop. April 22, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I had heard their song "Air" on the Godzilla soundtrack I had on cassette when I was in elementary school (don't ask me why I owned it). That song was pretty cool but I didn't really start listening to them. I strayed away from them, actually, because a local artist in my area sounds just like them (and I wasn't a fan of that local artist). It wasn't until a few weeks ago when I heard "Song For The Dumped." That hooked me in. After buying this album I was pleased to see the bonus b-sides they included. Like a lounge version of "She Don't Use Jelly" (originally by The Flaming Lips). All in all, very catchy piano pop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like Ben March 11, 2013
By Amy
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love Ben Folds (and the five) but found I was missing a lot from my collection. I love the extra cuts on this version of the CD. Thanks, Amazon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album! April 21, 2010
Format:Audio CD
You either like Ben Folds Five or you don't. I would say either this album is as good as their first.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A high quality artist August 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Always heard of them, never familiar with them.

Saw them on soundstage (PBS) and was intrigued. Ben Folds is a Billy Joel but with more of a cutting edge. He is a very real, very high quality artist, pianist, singer and songwriter. The band is great, lots of space between the instruments (just like Cream, J H Experience, Police). The main songs are great and the extras also are interesting.

Besides great piano playing, the bass player is great as well. This is the type of band where you'll want all of their cds b/c they are of high quality. Sounds of the Suburbs is also a great cd.

Ben Folds has a solo/live/piano only album w/his best songs but stick with the recorded versions b/c the bass and drums are vital components of those songs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars its ok.
It has a few great songs, but overall wasn't too impressed with this album. It's ok, what more can i say.
Published 7 months ago by AU Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars genius 5 stars!
looking for mellow feel good tunes. look no further. ben folds five is awesome. longtime fan. bonus songs are a plus
Published 13 months ago by amanda church
5.0 out of 5 stars Power Trio
If you're a Ben Folds Five fan and somehow don't have this album, you need to get this album. If you aren't a Ben Folds Five fan, this is a great album to discover them through. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Camelor
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Folds Five CD
My husband really liked it. It was his favorite Ben Folds Five CD. He gave it to his brother for Christmas.
Published on February 19, 2010 by A. L'Hommedieu
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Album
Buoyed by the success of the song "Brick," Whatever And Ever Amen went on to be Ben Folds Five's best selling album by a landslide. And why not? Read more
Published on November 4, 2009 by Meecrofilm
4.0 out of 5 stars Ben Folds! Give me my money back, you bitch!
Just kidding! I love this CD! Although the additional content on this reissue content was best saved for a LP cause it's kinda sort of buying a nice steak and getting taffy and... Read more
Published on November 22, 2007 by Aubrey Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars And don't forget to give me back my black t-shirt
Ben Folds' major label debut was a near perfect zinger of power-pop, influenced by everyone from Elton John to Todd Rundgren to The Raspberries. Read more
Published on April 9, 2007 by Tim Brough
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
Well- musical preference is.... just that preference. Purely subjective. I love Ben Folds Five. I'm not going to go into an depth review of this cd though. Read more
Published on January 11, 2007 by M. Fore
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