Someone had to put Ben Folds entire output into perspective, and Ben's the guy for the job! Does it work?
BEN FOLDS: THE BEST IMITATION OF MYSELF: A RETROSPECTIVE
It MIGHT seem a bit soon for a look back. Ben is 45, and he could have waited a bit longer, we suppose. But when you look at his career, he has been a busy guy. Three different bands, working as producer to many. Writing up batches of songs in a long career. Most of it very good.
Over at PopMatters, here's the assessment: As an introduction to Folds’ music, Imitation is ultimately too imposing and unwieldy. While newcomers would be better served sticking to the studio albums, this retrospective is an embarrassment of riches for die-hard fans. Ben Folds has already seen his name listed among the greatest ivory-tickling songwriters of all time. Should the next phase of his career be as fruitful as the years profiled in this collection, he’ll find his name at the very top of the page. Read more HERE.