Has Been - William Shatner
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  • Summary: Yes, it 'has been' a long time since the last William Shatner album (and with good reason), but the veteran recording artist returns for this collaboration with Ben Folds. Other guests include Joe Jackson, Aimee Mann and Adrian Belew, but sadly, no Leonard Nimoy.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
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  1. Somehow, it just might be the pop album of the year.
  2. It may not be an album that's as funny or timeless as The Transformed Man, but Has Been is every bit as bizarre.
  3. For an album I approached ready to shrug off as sheer novelty, its humor and candor give it a fair amount of staying power.
  4. It's that sobering confessional quality that gives the album an unexpected dose of depth and grace.
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    Big issues... are chewed over with bittersweet humour and musical sophistication. [Nov 2004, p.110]
  6. Great non-rap spoken-word albums comprise a list shorter than Wiiliam Shatner's critically acclaimed film roles. Yet [Shatner and Folds] have got closer here than most. [Dec 2004, p.144]
  7. The problem, of course, is that Shatner knows he’s Shatner now. And so does everyone else. It’s the joke that stops being funny after you hear the premise.

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  1. Positive: 29 out of 29
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  1. May 1, 2011
    I listen to this album at least once a week. It is surprisingly good, and a breath of fresh air. I don't care whether it is cool or not, but I do know that it sounds good, it has great song writing, Ben Folds should be heartily congratulated for his efforts here. Expand
  2. JamesF
    Aug 9, 2006
    This album is extremely addicting and I have listend to hit hundreds of times in the past week I have had it. It has everything. Bill is a poet and Folds is a genius. Expand
  3. DavidS
    Oct 2, 2008
    It is massively surprising how good this album is - it's so full of raw emotion that you'll find that you don't mind the spoken-word style any more. Further still, you'll find yourself liking it. Expand
  4. GC
    Oct 23, 2004
    look, and im as surprised as the next person, this album is actually (dare i say it) - art. it elevates, amuses, moves, and certainly causes one pause. yes, i said it captain - art. Expand
  5. NateA
    Aug 5, 2006
    A one of a kind experience to say the least, and It's a lot better than it has any right to be. Sure, it's hit and miss at times, but when it hits...brilliant. Common People, Has Been, and I Can't Get Behind That (a hilarious rant-fest w/ Henry Rollins) are worth the price of admission alone. If you're reading this you're obviously interested in this CD...try it, you won't be disappointed. Expand
  6. MatthewP
    Dec 19, 2004
    I really enjoyed it. My wife remarked, "Man, this guy is a romantic, huh?" I've already listened to it more than I though I would.
  7. Jul 4, 2012
    I bought this record after hearing his version of Common People with Joe Jackson. Pulp's original version was always one of my favourite songs so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the version on this record. It's a fantastic opening and really is a whole new reintereptation of the track. The rest of the album is surprisingly good. I never imagined I'd enjoy a William Shatner record but the songs are all pretty clever and the collaborations are really good. That's Me Trying (with Ben Folds), Familiar Love and Together (with Lemonjelly) are the other highlights for me. Listen to it with an open mind and you'll find moments to enjoy. Expand

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