is the self-titled debut studio album by American Ben Folds Five alternative rock band Ben Folds Five, released in 1995. A non-traditional rock album, it featured an innovative indie-pop sound, and excluded lead guitars completely. 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. Several live versions of songs originally released on  Ben Folds Five reappeared later as b-sides or on compilations.
Reception [ edit ]
Ben Folds Five received positive reviews from , NME , Rolling Stone , and Pitchfork . Michael Gallucci praised the album as "a potent, and extremely fun collection of postmodern rock ditties that comes off as a pleasantly workable combination of Entertainment Weekly Tin Pan Alley showmanship, Todd Rundgren-style power pop, and myriad alt-rock sensibilities."  Robert Christgau of selected "Boxing" as a "choice cut". The Village Voice
 Track listing [ edit ]
All tracks written by Ben Folds, except where noted.
Personnel [ edit ]
Production [ edit ]
Caleb Southern Mixing: Marc Becker
Photography: Alexandria Searls
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Certifications [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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