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  • Summary: Folds' second solo outing actually finds him working once again in trio format, now joined by drummer Lindsay Jamieson (Departure Lounge) and bassist Jared Reynolds (who, like Folds, contributed to the recent William Shatner album).
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. His most evenly measured album. [20 May 2005, p.75]
  2. Folds has mastered his material to the point that he no longer relies on a smartass punch line to deliver the goods.
  3. While there is a warm undercurrent of tenderness that runs through Silverman, it's never cloying or clichéd; rather, Folds can take the simplest notion, insert a gorgeous piano motif, and hit that one line in falsetto that gives you goose bumps... without breaking a sweat.
  4. He has... found more deserving targets for his wit than suburban rappers and T-shirt-hoarding girlfriends. [5 May 2005, p.70]
  5. 60
    The sweet '70s AM harmonies sometimes sugar the pill too much, but there's no mistaking its artfully bitter taste. [Jun 2005, p.110]
  6. Folds' wit is less biting, but it's still present. And he's still got style.
  7. Ben Folds has finally taken the focus off of his ever-evolving cast of inspired characters, and has finally written an album that centers on himself; unfortunately, it seems entirely possible that his trademark humility has finally gotten the best of him, as he has fashioned himself the least interesting of any of his own characters.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. May 12, 2012
    There's something beautiful about this album.. it's almost as if every album Folds writes has a certain indigenous quality about it. They all seem to be centred in different genres, with Songs for Silverman being no exception, forcing a tearful - whether psychological or physiological - tone on you as you pour through, track by track. Well done, Folds. Bravo! Expand
  2. Dec 31, 2013
    OK, BIG BF fan, and even bigger BF5...

    This is sorta... ho hum. Where you take something like his live album, then pass it through some
    fabric softener and then serve it luke warm would be a good description. Some things were still great, but most was just... there. It is not horrible, but it is not his best. Expand
  3. Jun 29, 2013
    Ben Folds has entered the boringly bland arena of adult comtemporary pop balladry with its ho-hum top 40 singles like Jesusland where middle aged white suburnanites will gobble this up.

    Where Rockin the Suburbs politely and comically winked at the 1st world problems many of us experience, Songs for Silverman embraces the lifestyle.

    I remember when Wilco entered this phase right after a "Ghost was Born" and that smelled of stank too.

    I give this a three because it has 3 good songs; "Bastard", "You to Thank", and "Landed"

    It's a shame too because I love Elliott Smith and his tribute on "Late" does little.

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