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 Ben Folds, John Mark Painter
Ben Folds chronology
Super D
(2004)Super D2004
Songs for Silverman
Songs for Goldfish
(2005)Songs for Goldfish2005
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 the second solo studio album by Ben Folds, released in April 2005 by Epic Records. The album reached No. 13 on the Billboard 200, making it Folds' highest-charting album until the release of Way to Normal in 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 No. 77 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 40 on the Adult Top 40. A planned United Kingdom issue was cancelled, though the single received a digital-only release.

The single "Jesusland" reached No. 2 on the UK airplay chart in 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 in September 2005, but it never made it to store shelves. The video for the single features Matt Lucas as a televangelist interspersed with scenes of a journey through what may well be "Jesusland" itself. The track was featured in the 2008 documentary Religulous.

The album's next UK single, "Late", was written as a tribute to the recently deceased singer-songwriter Elliott Smith.

Other songs[edit]

The song "Gracie" is written about Folds' daughter. Folds also wrote a song about his son Louis on Rockin' the Suburbs, called "Still Fighting It".

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

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written 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


The Band:

  • Ben Folds - piano, vocals
  • Jared Reynolds - bass, vocals
  • Lindsay Jamieson - drums, vocals

Additional Musicians:

  • Bucky Baxter - pedal steel (7, 11), 12-string guitar (7)
  • Frally Folds - backing vocals (7)
  • David Henry - cello (3, 5)
  • Ned Henry - violin (3)
  • John Mark Painter - double bass (5, 9), French horn (9)
  • Al Yankovic - backing vocals (10)

DVD listing[edit]

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

The DualDisc additionally contains the entire album in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.


  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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