Songs for Silverman

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Songs for Silverman
Studio album by Ben Folds
Released April 11, 2005
Recorded 2004
Genre Alternative rock
Length 44:08
Label Sony (UK)
5170122 (CD)
5170123 (CD/DVD)

Epic (US)
E 87104 (LP)
EK 87104 (CD/DVD)
EN 94191 (DualDisc)
Producer Richard J. Alcock, Piero Giramonti, Calvin Aurand, Ben Folds
Ben Folds chronology
Super D
Songs for Silverman
Songs for Goldfish
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 69/100 [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
Alternative Press 3/5 stars [1]
Drowned in Sound 8/10 [3]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [4]
Pitchfork Media 5.8/10 [5]
Playlouder 4/5 stars [6]
PopMatters 4/10 [7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [8]
Stylus Magazine C+ [9]
Uncut 3/5 stars [1]

Songs for Silverman is an album by Ben Folds, first released on April 26, 2005, by Epic Records in the United States. The album reached #13 on the Billboard 200, making it Folds' highest-charting album until the release of Way to Normal in September 2008.

The album is named after Ben Goldman, Folds' former A&R representative at Sony BMG. Folds explained, "I was always sending songs to him for the album, so I wanted to name it after him. But somebody (from Sony) found out and flipped out, so I changed it a bit and turned it in."[10] Goldman's name also spawned the title of Folds' compilation album Songs for Goldfish.


The first single, "Landed," reached #77 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #40 on the Adult Top 40. The planned UK issue was cancelled, though the single was treated to a digital-only release.

The single "Jesusland" reached #42 on the UK airplay chart on 2 October 2005. It has also been playlisted by Xfm London and BBC Radio 2 (which lists it as "download only"). The track was slated for a UK single release on 12 September 2005, but it was mysteriously deleted and never made it to store shelves. The video for this single features Matt Lucas as a televangelist interspersed with scenes of a journey through what may well be "Jesusland" itself. The track was also featured in the 2008 documentary Religulous starring Bill Maher.

The next single in the UK, "Late," which was written as a tribute to the then recently deceased singer/songwriter Elliott Smith, was playlisted by XFM.

The song "Gracie", track five on the album, is written about Folds' daughter of the same name. His son Louis had a song written for him on Rockin' the Suburbs, Folds' 2001 studio release, called "Still Fighting It".

"Weird Al" Yankovic, who directed Folds' video for "Rockin' the Suburbs," contributes backing vocals to "Time."

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ben Folds. 

No. Title Length
1. "Bastard"   5:23
2. "You to Thank"   3:36
3. "Jesusland"   4:30
4. "Landed"   4:28
5. "Gracie"   2:40
6. "Trusted"   4:08
7. "Give Judy My Notice"   3:37
8. "Late"   3:58
9. "Sentimental Guy"   3:03
10. "Time"   4:30
11. "Prison Food"   4:15
LP-only bonus track
  1. "Bitches Ain't Shit" – 3:54
Japan-only bonus track
  1. "Side of the Road" – 2:58
DVD-only bonus track
  1. "Landed" (Strings Version) – 4:46

DVD listing[edit]

  1. "The Making of Songs for Silverman"
  2. "Live Performances"
  3. "Interviews"
  4. "Behind the Scene Footage"


  1. ^ a b c "Critic Reviews for Songs For Silverman". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  2. ^ Songs for Silverman at AllMusic
  3. ^ Ridgway, Julian (2005-05-09). "Ben Folds - Songs For Silverman". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  4. ^ Willman, Chris (2005-05-20). "Songs for Silverman Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  5. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  6. ^ Allen, Jeremy (2005-04-28). "Songs For Silverman". Playlouder. Archived from the original on 2005-04-28. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  7. ^ Schiller, Mike (2005-05-13). "Ben Folds: Songs for Silverman". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  8. ^ Hiatt, Brian (2005-05-05). "Ben Folds: Songs for Silverman : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-26. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  9. ^ Passantino, Dom (2005-05-24). "Ben Folds - Songs for Silverman - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  10. ^,7340,L-3298162,00.html

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