I can’t get enough of the new Ben Folds record. Ben Folds Five broke up a while ago, and it seems that Ben wrote a bunch of songs on his own, played all the instruments, and laid down the tracks. Although his previous solo work was a bit more experimental (but still enjoyable), this one sounds like a return to the melodies similar to his group’s first album.
What’s most surprising is that without the former band members’ contributions, the songs sound as good as anything the old band could have done. It never occurred to me that perhaps Ben Folds himself was holding that group up.