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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 clich├ęd; 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. WillyM
    Sep 11, 2006
    Ben's best album, and that's saying a lot.
  2. ab
    May 22, 2005
    Fantastic. Brilliant. Ben Folds back to his brilliant best. "Landed" superb although 1st clip disappointing.
  3. Hannah
    Jul 24, 2005
    To me, if you haven't heard Ben Folds you haven't heard music. His songs are pure genius and He's very talented. I love this album. I just don't see a reason not to like this album. I mean.. whats not to like? The songs all have a great melody and great lyrics and they are all nicely arranged. Expand
  4. SébD
    Apr 28, 2005
    This album is simply stunning. Very different from all his other previous material, but had changed direction. Simply stunning harmonies, and great tunes. Only reason I'm not giving a 10, is so he has a chance to better himself yet again next time! Expand
  5. TristanH
    May 12, 2005
    A great CD; doesn't have any of the great rock songs like were on Rockin the Suburbs, or any of the Five albums, but it's still great standing on its own. Amazing piano, as usual. Expand
  6. RandyB
    Jun 20, 2005
    While in my opinion Folds needs to work on coming up with more cohesive directions for his voice to go, he
  7. 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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