- Released: September 18, 2012
- Label: Sony Legacy
Billboard (p.44) - "THE SOUND OF THE LIFE OF THE MIND is more sentimental than its predecessors, though it's not without youthful bravado..."
- 1.Erase Me
- 2.Michael Praytor, Five Years Later
- 3.Sky High
- 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.