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Universal acclaim- based on 61 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 54 out of 61
  2. Negative: 3 out of 61

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  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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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. He has... found more deserving targets for his wit than suburban rappers and T-shirt-hoarding girlfriends. [5 May 2005, p.70]