Ben Folds Five With its spare production and self-consciously referential songs, you might think North Carolina-based Ben Folds Five is just another slacker band. But this piano-led trio… Ben Folds Five With its spare production and self-consciously referential songs, you might think North Carolina-based Ben Folds Five is just another slacker band. But this piano-led trio… Ben Folds Five Rock
Music Review

Ben Folds Five (1995)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Lead Performance: Ben Folds Five; Genre: Rock

With its spare production and self-consciously referential songs, you might think North Carolina-based Ben Folds Five is just another slacker band. But this piano-led trio favors the early-'70s blue-eyed soul of Todd Rundgren and Elton John. Even if they are sometimes derivative, their energy and earnest charm will win you over. B+

Originally posted Jul 28, 1995 Published in issue #285 Jul 28, 1995 Order article reprints