Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella!

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  • Summary: Ben Folds worked with university a cappella groups to perform some of his songs for this album.

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You Don't Know Me
I wanna ask you Do you ever sit and wonder, It's so strange That we could be together for So long, and never know, never care What goes on in the... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. The singer/songwriter takes the back seat and lets the college kids channel their inner Folds, and they successfully do so--often stealing the spotlight away from Folds.
  2. The singer's material is tackled competently and faithfully throughout, resulting in a collection of tracks that are pleasant if not particularly earth-shattering (an admittedly tall task for a musical genre that lacks subwoofers).
  3. The disc is little more than a footnote in Folds’ aggressively eclectic career, but it’s a surprisingly vital, intriguing one.
  4. The performances are hit-or-miss--and many of them are trumped by Folds' own pair of songs--but the originality remains fairly consistent, yielding an album that should delight a cappella enthusiasts and, at the very least, interest the average Folds fan.
  5. Like any compilation, Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella has its ups and downs. The good definitely outweighs the bad here, though, and is a worthwhile listen for any big fan of Folds.
  6. In the end, though, this is an unnecessary album that only clutters Folds's discography.
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