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Ben Folds Five

Ben Folds Five Live


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Ben Folds Five continues to celebrate the end of its 13-year hiatus with the release of this compilation of live cuts from the 2012 tour. The record showcases the band’s magnetic precision, which, as pristine as it is, can never translate completely from the stage to a pair of iPod earbuds. However, it’s safe to say that the trio successfully carried over the energy of their younger incarnation to their latest LP, The Sound of the Life of the Mind.

There’s honestly not much here that is too different from the studio versions of these songs, but that’s not necessarily a complaint. “Brick,” the group’s somber hit from Whatever and Ever Amen, has some bittersweet energy that makes it hard to fathom how much time has passed since its release. Folds’ voice has hardly aged, and still encapsulates the youthful clarity he’s known for. The record may not capture the full capacity of a live Ben Folds Five performance, but it surely highlights the band’s musicianship. (

Author rating: 6/10

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