Top Ten Albums of 2012: # 7

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7. Ben Folds Five – THE SOUND OF THE LIFE OF THE MIND

Often disenchanted with his solo output, I had nearly given up on Ben Folds when he announced he was getting the band (a trio, of course) back together; all it took was one listen of “Do It Anyway” to bring me back into the fold (sorry, couldn’t resist). For someone my age, this album walks a potentially treacherous line between simple nostalgia and pure revelation—just hearing Robert and Darren’s harmonies again brings tears of joy to my eyes, but the truth is their presence completely re-energizes Folds. Against all odds, this is the rare reunion album that works. It’s honestly the follow-up to Whatever and Ever Amen I would have preferred in place of The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, and it doesn’t matter that it took them 15 years to make it.

Favorite tracks: “Away When You Were Here”, “Do It Anyway”, “Erase Me”, “The Sound of the Life of the Mind”

Video for “Do It Anyway” (w/Fraggles!)

3 Responses to Top Ten Albums of 2012: # 7

  1. Howard says:

    Another one that ended up bubbling under the top 10. Love “Draw a Crowd.”

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