Songs For Silverman

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Apr 26, 2005
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 62 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 62
  2. Negative: 3 out of 62

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  1. Matt
    Jun 9, 2005
    6
    Solid Ben, but where did those soaring melodies go?
  2. [Anonymous]
    Apr 28, 2005
    5
    Another slip towards adult contemporary for Ben Folds.
  3. JorgeV
    Jun 2, 2005
    6
    Huge Ben fan, but come on. It does not rock. It's the "Take Me Seriously" album.
  4. matta
    May 27, 2005
    4
    In my humble opinion, Songs For Silverman sucks.
  5. francish
    Jun 19, 2005
    4
    Like some sophomore from Vassar experimenting with existentialism and lesbianism Folds dabbles in Irony and chordal coloring ultimately failing to find himself in either. What we are left with is another self involved child of the west. No style & no soul.
  6. Dec 31, 2013
    6
    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.
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. These are heartfelt songs: sometimes cheeky and occasionally heartbreaking.
  2. Folds has mastered his material to the point that he no longer relies on a smartass punch line to deliver the goods.
  3. Rolling Stone
    70
    He has... found more deserving targets for his wit than suburban rappers and T-shirt-hoarding girlfriends. [5 May 2005, p.70]