BFF album: complete

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Re: BFF album: complete
« Reply #60 on: September 04, 2012, 10:37:57 AM »
I'm guessing (hoping?) that we'll get it a week before.  I see it being later than that much more of a possibility than it being earlier.

Re: BFF album: complete
« Reply #61 on: September 04, 2012, 11:44:04 AM »
I hope we get this AT LEAST a week early, as I'd like to have familiarized myself with the tracks enough to be able to get into them at their 9-17 Nashville show (which I'm assuming will be heavy on the new material).

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Re: BFF album: complete
« Reply #62 on: September 05, 2012, 02:26:12 AM »
likewise Brad, I'm seeing them in Atlanta on release day. i would like to know it in advance.
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Re: BFF album: complete
« Reply #63 on: September 05, 2012, 11:36:22 AM »
2 items of note:

(1) Record Store Day is saying that select independent record stores will be giving out tour lithographs (the poster with the train and the red hobo robot) with purchase of TSOTLOTM.  Doesn't say what stores are participating.

(2) Article from Rolling Stone on the new album.  http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ben-folds-five-craft-first-new-album-in-a-decade-20120905

Doesn't really say anything that we didn't already know, although Ben offers up his interpretation of a couple of songs:

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On opening track "Erase Me," the 45-year old contemplates a "disingenuous offer from one person to another in a dead relationship" over minor-chord mayhem; "Do It Anyway" puts forth his belief that although you may be "f*cking up on Earth, [that] doesn't mean that someone who's just a few years behind won't understand it;" "Draw Something" a gurgling disco-funk number, finds Folds crooning about drawing "dicks on the wall" when all else fails.

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Re: BFF album: complete
« Reply #64 on: September 05, 2012, 03:13:42 PM »
Hopefully that kind of shit will come to pledgers. Yes?
Or I'll just buy YET ANOTHER POSTER on tour.
mel (1:10:14 AM): love ben folds or burn!

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Re: BFF album: complete
« Reply #65 on: September 08, 2012, 10:43:53 PM »
I've heard the new record. I'm a journalist so don't ask me for any leaks etc. but I think everyone's gonna dig it.
It's definitely a mix of Ben's more recent solo efforts (as figured - they DID break up over ten years ago...) but it's awesome to hear the familiar rhythm section and the guys voices.

My favorites by far are ..
"...Michael Praytor" - great verses and great Sledge basslines/harmonies

"Draw a Crowd" is super catchy and starts with Jesusland-esque harmonies. Almost reminds me of "Your Redneck Past..." It's a fun one.

"Hold that Thought" reminds me of "Mess" but has an amazing twist towards the end. Very Reinhold...very BF5.  I almost like it more than "Mess." Would have fit great on "Reinhold..."
Lots of maj7s for the musicians out there.

"Thank You for Breaking My Heart" is a waltz-y ballad and is a little mysteriously beautiful (i.e. "Boxing"/"Selfless, Cold & Composed"). One of their best ballads.

Ben's at his best when he writes in jazzier voicings and that's a huge key to the 5's sound and why his solo stuff is so much different.
Needless to say, it's a great album but more of a grower/slow burner than anything they've done yet but I love it!

I got an advanced copy too (not a journalist, just good searching/eBay-ing), and I'mma list my favorites now!

"Erase Me" - You've all already heard it, so you surely know why this is one of my favorites. I love the cinematic, Burtonesque, Elfman-y vibe it has.

"On Being Frank" has really neat lyrics. I really dig it. The chorus doesn't sound how I expected it to sound from the amazon preview, although in this case it's a good thing because it sounds better. I love the strings, I always love the strings. Everything in this song flows really well and I feel bad for the character in the song. That's a good thing, obviously.

"Draw a Crowd" - There's no way not to love this song. I knew the chorus before I heard it, but I still had a huge smile on my face hearing the lyric "Oh, if you're feeling small and you can't draw a crowd, draw dicks on the wall". And the "Jesusland" sounding harmonies are really nice sounding, but the "damn" separating them from the song (I think it's from Darren, maybe Ben) is hilarious. I think this may be my favorite song on the record, which I would not have expected coming into it.

Ever since I heard the preview of "Hold That Thought", I've been excited and it did not disappoint. It was very Rockin' the Suburbs (the album) sounding. That may seem disappointing to some, but really the RTS style was very close to BF5, and it's nice to hear an old school sounding Ben song.

And I will say I don't particularly care for the title track. It's not bad or anything, but it's the worst on the album (in my opinion). I enjoy it more on repeated listens, but it sounds like a Rock this Bitch or something. In terms of Folds-Hornby collaborations, there's stuff on Lonely Avenue that was better. Still a good song, just not what I hoped for. This certainly sounds like the Five, and I have to add that now that Darren's become a much better singer in general, his backup vocals in this are more recognizable and sound really awesome.

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« Reply #66 on: September 09, 2012, 12:07:22 AM »
I got an advanced copy too (not a journalist, just good searching/eBay-ing), and I'mma list my favorites now!

E-baying? Someone's selling their advanced copy already?

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« Reply #67 on: September 09, 2012, 08:48:11 AM »
E-baying? Someone's selling their advanced copy already?

Yeah, it's weird. I was kind of mad when I saw it, but at the same time excited because I sprung at the chance! Whoever the seller was apparently sells promo cd's all the time. Like that's his specialty and he sells, like, ten at once.

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Re: BFF album: complete
« Reply #68 on: September 09, 2012, 10:18:25 AM »
Want to give us some MP3s lyrics? Chuck us an email ;)

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« Reply #69 on: September 09, 2012, 10:22:46 AM »
Want to give us some MP3s lyrics? Chuck us an email ;)

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Haha, I'll try to work on the lyrics

Re: BFF album: complete
« Reply #70 on: September 11, 2012, 11:12:08 AM »
Apparently pledgers get the album tomorrow.  Yay!  Hopefully they send out the link nice and early so I can download it before work.

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« Reply #71 on: September 11, 2012, 11:15:40 AM »
Apparently pledgers get the album tomorrow.  Yay!  Hopefully they send out the link nice and early so I can download it before work.

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« Reply #72 on: September 11, 2012, 12:41:49 PM »
Apparently pledgers get the album tomorrow.  Yay!  Hopefully they send out the link nice and early so I can download it before work.

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Re: BFF album: complete
« Reply #73 on: September 11, 2012, 01:25:55 PM »
10 am EST, apparently.

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Re: BFF album: complete
« Reply #74 on: September 11, 2012, 01:35:41 PM »
I can't wait for the autographed vinyl and t-shirt, myself.