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  • Summary: The first live album for the pop trio is a collection of tracks from stops in California, New York, Massachusetts, Australia, Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom during its tour for 2012's The Sound Of the Life Of The Mind.
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  • Record Label: Sony Music
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jul 15, 2013
    A slightly lackluster recording quality on a couple of the tracks keep Ben Folds Five Live from feeling like the band’s definitive live album, despite its name, but the collection also features a few strong moments and interesting takes on both old and new songs that make it a worthwhile collector’s item, or just a nice change of pace for the casual Ben Folds fan.
  2. 70
    Casual listeners will probably wish Folds had used his obviously impressive improvising skills a bit more. But as the audience reaction here indicates and die hard fans will undoubtedly concur with, anything that floats their boat out to Folds island is a good trip.
  3. Jul 15, 2013
    Newcomers may be a bit overwhelmed by all the frenzied drive of their delivery, but the combination of irony and assurance guarantees populist appeal.
  4. Jul 15, 2013
    While it may be a bit of a pre-2013 tour advert/cash grab, like all Folds-related products, it's certainly not without its charms.
  5. 50
    Live consistently falls short of capturing the band’s historically raucous concerts.