To be honest, this has been my first exposure to Ben Folds. After hearing his very intelligent comments on the singoff, I would think that he could do a bit better. I really like brick and effington, but so many others are sometimes painfully out of tune. As an a cappella singer myself, I can tell when a whole album is worth buying. Just pick your favorites and go
By Heath Aaron #5
This album is great. Listen to the lyrics. Ben Folds is a brilliant songwriter. Ben Folds can sing, and I will always like his original versions just as much, but the University A Cappella groups nail every song. They're incredible. Coming from a singer/songwriter/musician, this album is excellent.
I love this album alot. I sometimes listen to it non stop. I love effington, you dont know me, the luckiest, landed, army, and not the same. Great album!!! BUY BUY BUY
Missing a few great a cappella groups
I was so disappointed that Virginia Tech's Juxtaposition wasn't on this singing their version of Effington. They do an absolutely amazing job and dare I say sounds better than the original (never mind Ben Fold's a cappella version). Anyway I love Ben Folds and I love a cappella, it's exciting to see it coming the forefront in music and that ben is helping to further that!
Great rework of great songs
I love how the transition to a capella gives the songs new life. Magic is especially moving because with swells and vowel changes that can't be done with a piano.
And for those who criticize the way the album was done, I personally find it amazing how well each ensemble performs with few takes and only area mics. Its not really fair to call edited singers a capella. Look at most pop singers today. They don't even try to hide how much they lipsync or auto-tune themselves. Listening to this album and how clear and beautiful it is, and knowing how it was recorded is a testament to the skill of those involved.
a Capella Genius
So far this is one of my favorite Ben Folds albums. It is definitely a different type of music for him, but allows the listener to see his flexibility as a musician. Many of the choirs used gave me a great outlook on what some of the songs truly mean to Ben Folds. Definitely a must for Ben Folds' fans!
great idea, but...
this cd is an embarrassment to college groups who are much better in reality. this cd is simply not impressive. the quality of a cappella cds today is too high to come out with crap like this. it was a nice idea and, as an a cappella singer, i am happy that a cappella got exposure through a fantastic musician such as ben folds. however, it could have been done much better. for all people who say "no, we're happy it's raw and blah blah blah," you're simply not thinking about these groups. for people who don't know much about a cappella, these recordings are subpar. if a regular musician were to come out with a cd that was this bad, everyone would hate it. a cappella is a legitimate genre of music and it shouldn't be snubbed like this. i still admire ben folds but i can't listen to this cd. it hurts my ears too much.
Just give it a chance.
I'm a die-hard Ben Folds fan. I know his music really well and was extremely apprehensive about this album. I mean, the glory of Ben Folds is partially the man himself, right? And I'm not even a fan of a cappella! But. Landed (which is a song so important to me I rarely listen to it) caught me so off guard that I cried. This album is absolutely incredible. Evaporated isn't great, ok, but everything else is. Ben Folds did this, even if he didn't sing it. For any true Ben Folds fan, this is an important addition to your collection; I swear. Enjoy it!
Maybe this was planned?
So having seen the show "sing off" I now know why maybe Ben did the album. Sony will give someone a record deal and he just happens to be one of the judges with Sony as his record label. I STILL LOVE BEN and all of his music! Keep it real Ben, and make more jokes on the sing off.
By You, Me, and the Alien
This Album is so so Good. The dynamics are killer, harmonies and out of the world, and the beat boxing will blow your mind! Now I know why Ben Folds is one of the judge's for the show The Sing Off! on n.b.c! :)