Ben Folds Five (album)

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Ben Folds Five
Studio album by Ben Folds Five
Released August 8, 1995
Recorded Wave Castle, North Carolina, February 1995
Genre Alternative rock
Length 46:14
Label Passenger
Producer Caleb Southern
Ben Folds Five chronology
Ben Folds Five
(1995)
Whatever and Ever Amen
(1997)
Singles from Ben Folds Five
  1. "Jackson Cannery"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Underground"
    Released: April 8,1996
  3. "Where's Summer B.?"
    Released: June 7, 1996
  4. "Philosophy"
    Released: 1996
  5. "Uncle Walter"
    Released: 1996

Ben Folds Five is the self-titled debut album by Ben Folds Five, released in 1995. A non-traditional rock album, it featured an innovative indie-pop sound, and excluded lead guitars completely.[1] The album was released on the small independent label Passenger Records, owned by Caroline Records, a subsidiary of Virgin/EMI. Ben Folds Five received positive reviews, and spawned five singles. The record failed to chart, but sparked an intense bidding war eventually won by Sony Music.[2] Several live versions of songs originally released on Ben Folds Five reappeared later as b-sides or on compilations.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars [3]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [4]
Melody Maker June 8, 1996, p. 48
NME (9/10) April 27, 1996, p. 53
Option January, 1996, p. 92
Pitchfork Media (9.6/10) [5]
Robert Christgau (choice cut) [6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [7]
The Village Voice February 20, 1996

The album received positive reviews from NME, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and Entertainment Weekly. Allmusic gave Ben Folds Five 4 out of 5 stars, calling it "a potent, and extremely fun collection of postmodern rock ditties that comes off as a pleasantly workable combination of Tin Pan Alley showmanship, Todd Rundgren-style power pop, and myriad alt-rock sensibilities."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ben Folds, except where noted. 

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Jackson Cannery"     3:23
2. "Philosophy"     4:36
3. "Julianne"     2:30
4. "Where's Summer B.?"   Folds, Darren Jessee 4:07
5. "Alice Childress"   Folds, Anna Goodman 4:34
6. "Underground"     4:11
7. "Sports & Wine"     2:58
8. "Uncle Walter"     3:51
9. "Best Imitation of Myself"     2:38
10. "Video"     4:07
11. "The Last Polka"   Folds, Anna Goodman 4:34
12. "Boxing"     4:45

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Caleb Southern
  • Mixing: Marc Becker
  • Photography: Alexandria Searls

Charts[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gallucci, Michael. Ben Folds Five - Ben Folds Five at AllMusic. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  2. ^ Kurutz, Steve. Ben Folds Five at AllMusic. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  3. ^ Stewart, Allison (30 November 1995). "Ben Folds Five Ben Folds Five (Caroline)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Mirkin, Steven (28 July 1995). "Ben Folds Five Review". Entertainment Weekly. p. 62. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Schreiber, Ryan. "Ben Folds Five: Ben Folds Five". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 11 March 2000. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Ben Folds Five". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Cohe, Jason (5 October 1995). "Ben Folds: Ben Folds Five : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 25 November 2007. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "australian-charts.com Ben Folds Five - Ben Folds Five" (ASP). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  9. ^ "ベン・フォールズ・ファイヴ-リリース-ORICON STYLE-ミュージック" [Highest position and charting weeks of Ben Folds Five by Ben Folds Five]. oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  10. ^ "RIAJ > The Record > May 1997 > Certified Awards (March 1997)". Recording Industry Association of Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-02-02.