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  • Summary: Singer-songwriter Ben Folds has ditched the other two members of his band (Ben Folds Five) for this 12-track solo album, on which he plays every instrument himself.

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The Luckiest
I don't get many things right the first time In fact, I am told that a lot Now I know all the wrong turns The stumbles and falls brought me here And... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
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  1. But for all of its snickers, ''Suburbs'' is serious business -- a pop fantasia that seals Folds' rep as the Cole Porter of underclass underdogs.
  2. As good a record as any he's made, possibly his best.
  3. He still tinkles the ivories with dazzling skill and his scything comments on breaking-up and the emotionally inept are all too easy to identify with, yet the most enamouring thing is that he manages to do this all without being zany or patronising.
  4. Spin
    In many ways, this is his 'Nylon Curtain.' [Sep 2001, p.160]
  5. Mojo
    Folds' songwriting continues to impress. [Oct 2001, p.130]
  6. Shredding Paper
    That dirty "sellout" feeling does go away with time, as the subtle touches and clever songwriting ease some of Folds' production changes. [#11]
  7. Although the album is far from a failure, it rarely reaches the peak of its creator’s potential.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
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  1. JeanD.
    Sep 20, 2001
    rivals BFF albums of past
  2. Elliot
    Sep 13, 2001
    Great album
  3. SpeedyG.
    Jul 5, 2007
    An unbelievable album - just like songs for silverman, but still fightng it, the luckiest and fred jones are the best songs i haev ever heard.
  4. LozW.
    Oct 7, 2001
    It's grand. Buy it.
  5. FredJ
    Mar 21, 2005
    One of the greatest albums ever made. It has everything, slow romantic to fun rocking... rock.
  6. daven
    Sep 22, 2006
    Along with most Ben Folds 5 fans, I miss the band as a whole. When Fear of Pop, Ben's first solo release, was released, I was Along with most Ben Folds 5 fans, I miss the band as a whole. When Fear of Pop, Ben's first solo release, was released, I was disappointed and was ensured that was the end of Ben Folds career. After this CD was released I realized how I wrong I was. This is the BEST CD in Ben Folds entire catalog including Ben Folds 5. It shows his growth as a songwriter and his maturity (although the title track is his attempt at hanging on to his humorous side). I still do miss the 5, but with a CD as aexceptional as this it makes it that much easier to let go. Expand
  7. LeifS
    Jan 14, 2007
    Although this album was good, I felt it wasn't to the best of Ben Fold's potential.

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