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The Piano Man

by Caitlin McGuire (writer), Orange County, October 26, 2006


Ben Fold’s new LP, the unpronounceable “supersunnspeedgraphic, the LP,” is like two-day old leftovers: not entirely stale, but not fresh either. “Supersunnyspeedgraphic, the LP,” harvests tracks off of “Speed Graphic,” “Sunny 16,” “Bens,” “Super D,” and “Landed” for an oddly satisfying Ben Folds-flavored snack.

Known for his ironic and foul-mouthed delivery, Ben Folds fails to either disappoint or impress with the new CD. On the positive side, “There’s Always Someone Cooler Than You” and “Learn to Live With What You Are” both thump with self-actualization. The lyrics describe the philosophical, sensitive side of Ben Folds that most clearly shone on his album, “Landed.” The nostalgic tracks, “Bruised” and “Still,” sound like vintage Ben Folds Five work: bitter and poignant in the vein of “Brick.”

However, the covers don’t manage to balance the sound of the album. In his opening track, “In Between Days,” a cover of The Cure, Ben Folds pounds on his piano, but his voice doesn’t seem to match the emotion needed to carry the tune. His satirical take on “Get Your Hands Off My Woman,” originally by glam-rockers, The Darkness, makes you blush for his sake. While Ben Folds’ delivery on most of the songs may make a more dedicated fan laugh, the common listener is left wondering, “Why?”

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