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Expanding on the hook-laden songcraft of their eponymous debut, the Ben Folds Five turn in another glitzy array of Todd Rundgren-esque, piano-driven pop on their second album, Whatever and Ever Amen. Though it isn't as consistently tuneful and clever as their first record, Whatever and Ever Amen has a snazzy sense of popcraft -- the hooks of "The Battle of Who Could Care Less," "Brick," and "Fair" sink in nearly as effortlessly as Billy Joel, Elton John, or Joe Jackson -- which makes the record enjoyable ear candy. Occasionally, Folds' smug humor -- whether it's the alternative rock skewering of "The Battle" or the borderline misogynist humor of "Song for the Dumped" -- can ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Owens
Expanding on the hook-laden songcraft of their eponymous debut, the Ben Folds Five turn in another glitzy array of Todd Rundgren-esque, piano-driven pop on their second album, Whatever and Ever Amen. Though it isn't as consistently tuneful and clever as their first record, Whatever and Ever Amen has a snazzy sense of popcraft -- the hooks of "The Battle of Who Could Care Less," "Brick," and "Fair" sink in nearly as effortlessly as Billy Joel, Elton John, or Joe Jackson -- which makes the record enjoyable ear candy. Occasionally, Folds' smug humor -- whether it's the alternative rock skewering of "The Battle" or the borderline misogynist humor of "Song for the Dumped" -- can undercut his melodic gifts, but Whatever and Ever Amen is confirmation that the showy pop pleasures of his first record were no fluke.
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  • Release Date: 3/18/1997
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646776247
  • Catalog Number: 67762

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben Folds Five Primary Artist
Ben Folds Indexed Contributor
John Catchings Cello
Technical Credits
Chris Stamey Pro-Tools
The Klezmatics Special Contributor
John Mark Painter String Arrangements
Caleb Southern Producer, Engineer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Ben Folds Producer, Engineer, Contributor
Robert Sledge Contributor
Leigh Smiler Cover Design
Darren Jessee Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Put the Billy Joel, Elton John and early Todd Rundgren albums aside for a while...

    It was a wonderful thing to finally hear good driving piano-based rock again, and 'Whatever and Ever Amen' ranks up there with early Todd Rundgren (the 'Runt' albums), Elton John (particularly 'Tumbleweed Connection' and 'Madman Across the Water') and Billy Joel (from before 'the Stranger'). Of course, between those classic albums of the early 1970's and Ben Folds' of 1997, lots of musical changes took place, including punk, wave and alternative. BFF does a fine job of assimilating those forms while still giving the young piano lesson student of today something to aspire to while studying their Hanon exercises! (In my day all there really was were Billy Joel and Elton John, and if you wanted to be a sideman, Roy Bittan of the E Street Band, but believe me, that's plenty enough to aspire to).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brick

    Brick is the best song I have heard in a long time. It took me someplace far away....(sigh)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Fabulous!

    Ben is simply fabulous! He has by far surpassed his first album by displaying remarkable new talent. This compilation of great work provides a perfect blend of uniquely styled songs. His vocal talent is outstanding in every style he uses. Enjoyable lyrics combine with excellent piano accompaniment to provide you with an original album that is nearly impossible not to love. Because of the vast variety of styles and emotions Ben displays you will want to keep listening for hours. If your in the mood for something different, and entertaining I urge you go out and buy "Whatever and Ever Amen" It's definitely worth it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Genius

    Ben Folds does it again with Whatever and Ever Amen. He has such a grasp on emotion and its application to music. His ability to allow the listener to feel his emotion is absolutely phenomenal. Incredible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ben Folds achieves musical genius with this album

    Whatever and Ever Amen is a unique composite of music that should never leave your cd player. The different ways Ben Folds can manipulate the piano to create opposite moods in his music are amazing. This album incorporates everything one could want on one cd. Through funny songs such as ''Angry Dwarf and Two Hundred Solemn Faces'', ''Song for the Dumped'', and ''Kate'', Ben Folds has you singing along with the lyrics with a grin on your face. In slower, sad songs, such as ''Cigarette'' and ¿Missing the War¿, he has you spellbound by his lyrics while showing off his incredible piano playing skills. The music feels like it is playing the sounds of your heart. In all, this is a wonderful, well-rounded album that everyone should own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant

    This is by far, one of the best, if not THE best CD I own. Definetly worth the $13.99 I paid for it. I got into BFF after hearing them mentioned on the song ''Monkey'' by Counting Crows (My other favorite band). I bought it because I had a few bucks and I figured, ''What the hell?''. A week later it was still in my CD player and I was playing it at least 5 times a day all the way through. All of these songs have meaning to me, and it's one of the few CDs I own that I can listen to all the way through without skipping a track. I have never been so deeply moved by any group of songs as I have by the ones Ben writes. It doesn't matter what it is, if he wrote it, I listen, because I know it will make me feel something. You will experience every emotion when listening to Whatever and Ever Amen: happiness, sadness, desperation, loss, and everything in betwee. Anyway, just go BUY IT!!! It's bloody brilliant (As my title suggests)

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