The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective (1991-2011) [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective represents Ben Folds' first U.S. career overview. Compiled by Folds, the 18-track collection does a nice job balancing the North Carolina native's snarky, punk-infused past with Ben Folds Five with the more accessible, ballad-heavy output of his solo career. Folds' slow dive into the mainstream, from piano-climbing college rock upstart to commercial crooner and likable (and knowledgeable) co-judge on NBC's hit a cappella singing competition series The Sing-Off, has had its hits and misses, but there's no denying his knack for crafting instantly engaging melodies paired with lyrics that can go from heartbreakingly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective represents Ben Folds' first U.S. career overview. Compiled by Folds, the 18-track collection does a nice job balancing the North Carolina native's snarky, punk-infused past with Ben Folds Five with the more accessible, ballad-heavy output of his solo career. Folds' slow dive into the mainstream, from piano-climbing college rock upstart to commercial crooner and likable (and knowledgeable) co-judge on NBC's hit a cappella singing competition series The Sing-Off, has had its hits and misses, but there's no denying his knack for crafting instantly engaging melodies paired with lyrics that can go from heartbreakingly earnest ("Still Fighting It") to biting and sarcastic ("Rockin' the Suburbs") in seconds flat. The Best Imitation of Myself may lean a bit harder on the former, but since ditching the Five, those have been the songs that have felt the truest. Still, listeners who missed out on his former incarnation will find songs like the remastered "Philosophy" and "Underground" to be the perfect entry point, while longtime fans looking for a bigger piece of bait will relish some of the alternate mixes, as well as a new Ben Folds Five cut, the newly recorded "House." [The retrospective is also available as a three-disc edition that includes unreleased and rare home demos, studio outtakes, alternate mixes, live tracks, and two more brand new tracks by Ben Folds Five.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2011
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886979444522
  • Catalog Number: 794445
  • Sales rank: 41,382

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Brick - Ben Folds Five (4:33)
  2. 2 Annie Waits (4:16)
  3. 3 Philosophy - Ben Folds Five (4:31)
  4. 4 Underground - Ben Folds Five (4:14)
  5. 5 Landed (4:07)
  6. 6 One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces - Ben Folds Five (3:50)
  7. 7 Don't Change Your Plans - Ben Folds Five (5:13)
  8. 8 The Luckiest (4:23)
  9. 9 Smoke - West Australian Symphony Orchestra (5:33)
  10. 10 Rockin' the Suburbs (4:59)
  11. 11 Kate - Ben Folds Five (3:14)
  12. 12 Gracie (2:40)
  13. 13 Still Fighting It (5:06)
  14. 14 You Don't Know Me - Regina Spektor (3:11)
  15. 15 There's Always Someone Cooler Than You (4:12)
  16. 16 Still (2:40)
  17. 17 From Above (4:05)
  18. 18 House - Ben Folds Five (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben Folds Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Ben Grosse Producer, Engineer
Dennis Herring Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
John Mark Painter Producer
Caleb Southern Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Andy Wallace Engineer
Ben Folds Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Artwork
Joe Costa Engineer
Lance Mercer Artwork
Katrina Dickson Artwork
James Hewgill Engineer
Alan Wolmark Artwork, Management
Alexandria Searls Artwork
Darren Jessee Composer
Anna Goodman Composer
Darren Salmieri Producer
Ingvar Renne Artwork
Nick Hornby Composer
Michael Pignéguy Orchestral Arrangements
Fleur Folds Executive Producer, Artwork
Kerry McCarthy Artwork
Joshua Kessler Artwork
Opie Otterstad Cover Painting
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