Billboard (p.44) - "THE SOUND OF THE LIFE OF THE MIND is more sentimental than its predecessors, though it's not without youthful bravado..."
2.Michael Praytor, Five Years Later
4.The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind
5.On Being Frank
6.Draw A Crowd
7.Do It Anyway
8.Hold That Thought
9.Away When You Were Here
10.Thank You For Breaking My Heart
Personnel: Ben Folds (piano); Darren Jessee (drums).
Audio Mixer: Joe Costa.
Recording information: Ben's Studio, Nashville, TN; House Of Blues Studios, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Tom Freitag.
Outside of a one-off new track that appeared on Ben Folds' 2011 Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective compilation, it's been an awfully long time since the Ben Folds Five have graced listeners with a full-on dose of their signature blend of winsome nostalgia and collegiate snark. Funded through the direct-to-fan/fan-funded music platform PledgeMusic, with a portion of the funds delegated to a music education and music therapy charity chosen by the trio, the ten-track The Sound of the Life of the Mind represents the Ben Folds Five's fourth studio album and first set of new music in 13 years.