See here for the idea behind this series of blogs. Here we go onto the next tracks from the Ben Folds (Five) catalog. Even though I was unable to attend the concert on the 17th, I thought I should at least finish this little project, so here we go.
- “Gone” from “Suburbs” – One reason I like this song so much is that it kind of describes how I felt in the 18 months or so after my divorce, and how it feels to truly move on with your life after such a life changing event. One of my favorite songs.
- “Landed” from “Silverman” – Like “Gone,” another song about getting over things, especially relationships. This one, however, is a bit different as it speaks of reaching out to a former lover and letting them know that you were available.
- “Song for the Dumped” from “Whatever and Ever Amen” – Obviously another song written after a breakup. I think the song expresses the feelings of many people after a particular nasty breakup, but maybe not so much for people over the age of 25.
- “Magic” from “Reinhold Messner” – What I like most about this song is the sound. It sounds as if Folds is singing from an empty room, which enhances the overall feel of this song. I must admit, however, I didn’t truly appreciate this song until it was featured on the “University A Capella” album, but it is probably one of the better songs off of “Reinhold Messner.”
- “You Don’t Know Me (featuring Regina Spektor)” from “Way to Normal” – Listening to the lyrics to this song remind me of a couple that have become complacent with each other and don’t really know how to interact anymore, but also don’t really truly know each other when it comes down to it.
- “Where’s Summer B?” from “Ben Folds Five” – One of the weaker songs from this album, but not the worst of the Track Fours. I think the “Summer” referred to in the title is a girl, but I could be wrong.
- “Doc Pomus” from “Lonely Avenue” – This album is definitely hit or miss, as can be seen from the ranking so far for the album. I think that while this album is not nearly as good as some of the others, it is still a decent album. Maybe it does truly suffer because the lyrics are not Ben Folds’.
Average ranking by album to this point:
- “Rockin’ the Suburbs” – 1.5 (6)
- “Whatever and Ever Again” – 2.5 (10)
- “Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner” – 3.5 (14)
- “Songs for Silverman” – 4.25 (17)
- “Way to Normal” – 4.75 (19)
- “Ben Folds Five” – 5.5 (22)
- “Lonely Avenue” – 6 (24)
Until next time…