Ben Folds By Track – Track #9

See here for the idea behind this series of blogs. Here we go onto the next tracks from the Ben Folds (Five) catalog. The Tracks Nines were a bit stronger than I was anticipating, which made ranking them slightly more difficult. It almost ended up being a three-way tie for third.

  1. Best Imitation of Myself” from “Ben Folds Five” – Sad female story of this blog: Being as how I really started listening to BFF with “Whatever,” this album was largely unknown to me at the time. What introduced it to me, somewhat pathetically, was a quote that some girl had on her Bolt.com profile, which was a very early version of a social media site. She quoted a line from this song and for some reason I had to pick up the album. No regrets on that at all. However, for some reason, I remember that her screen name was “AdrienneC” and that she was from Connecticut. And, no, she is not the person that I met on that site that would later cause me to move to CT, get married, and get divorced. Just an odd coincidence I suppose.
  2. “Steven’s Last Night in Town” from “Whatever and Ever Amen” – One of my favorite BFF songs. Has one of the best openings of any BFF in my opinion. You could ask my friend Megan about this, since when I made a mixed tape for her back in high school; I kept repeating the beginning before getting on with the song on her tape. Epic. I told my high school band teacher that I would have been in jazz band if we played a song like this. Alas, he said no.
  3. “Brainwascht” from “Way to Normal” – Another song that was previously a “Song of the Week” back in the day. I’ll let you check that link out to check out some other links as to what this song is about. Another good song from this album.
  4. “From Above” from “Lonely Avenue” – The first “official” single from this album, and probably for good reason. Though if you don’t listen to adult contemporary or some other kind of station, you’d probably hear it. If it was me, I would have chosen the next song off this album as the first single, but that’s just me.
  5. “Not the Same” from “Suburbs” – A song about a man climbing a tree while tripping on acid and becoming a born-again Christian. A very good song, and seems to be popular when played at concerts. Also on the “University A Capella” album, with what I think is a wrong word, but I digress.
  6. “Regrets” from “Reinhold Messner” – I like some of the percussion on this song, and the song is about regrets from growing up. It fits well with the past few tracks of this album.
  7. “Sentimental Guy” from “Silverman” – The second half of this album overall is not that great, but it’s alright. If anything, this song displays the range of Folds’ singing voice.

Average ranking by album to this point, even though by this point I think “Suburbs” is going to “win”:

  1. Rockin’ the Suburbs” – 2.3 (21)
  2. “Whatever and Ever Again” – 3.4 (31)
  3. “Way to Normal” – 4.1 (37)
  4. “Ben Folds Five” – 4.2 (38)
  5. Songs for Silverman” – 4.4 (40)
  6. Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner” – 4.6 (41)
  7. “Lonely Avenue” – 4.8 (43)

Until next time…

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