Whatever And Ever Amen

by Ben Folds Five

(1997) Sony

Personnel Ben Folds, Robert Sledge, Darren Jesse.
Description Punk Rock For Sissies? Radiohead for Geeks? Are these really labels that apply to Ben Folds Five? This album may hold the answer.
Posted By Ga Thomas (1904)
Directory Recordings: Rock/Pop
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On 8/8/2001, Tony Cook (2424) posted:
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Hey! Where's the guitar player? Who cares? This is a killer CD with great playing all around. The music is an amalgam of several styles: jazz, rock, honky-tonk. What makes the package complete are the angry lyrical statements that Ben delivers with conviction. "Angry Dwarf and Two Hundred Solemn Faces", and "Song for the Dumped" are two prime examples. If you're the kid who got picked on, pop in this disc. You'll be feeling better by the second song.
On 6/14/2001, Ga Thomas (1904) posted:
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With their debut album Ben Folds Five unleashed their unique style on the world, with their follow up 'Whatever and Even Amen' they do it again, only more so. Their first album they were dubbed a novelty act, here with 'Brick' it is one-hit-wonder. 'Brick' however is considered by many Ben Folds Five fans to be one of their worst songs, and it is definitly my least favorite on this album. With the "hit" as the low point, the high points of the album are the funky 'Steven's Last Night In Town', the somber 'Evaporated', and 'Kate' which I would rank in the top five songs of the 90's. This is a change from the normal radio rock, ballad, and pop songs. The trio incorporates jazz, blues, and country into a mixture that is pure fun. It is one of the few "alternative" albums that actually sounds like an alternative.