Ben Folds Five: The Sound of the Life of the Mind

Yesterday, Ade told me about this new album by Ben Folds Five called “The Sound of the Life of the Mind.” He and other music aficionado friends have been raving about how good the new album was. So I was like, “Hey, I like Ben Folds Five! Give me the song!” And YouTube videos followed link after link.

I’ve always liked Ben Folds Five’s songs since college. But I just found out that the vocalist is actually named Ben Folds. I know, I know, you’ll tell me, “WTF?” I only knew band names and didn’t really care about the member’s names because I have a hard time remembering people’s names and faces and they all look the same to me. I even used to think that Ben Folds Five is one of those band names named after random person or something, like Michael Learns to Rock (hey, don’t judge!).

Moving on to the new album, it’s… WOW. I’ve been listening to it since yesterday afternoon, when I got a copy from Ade until today. It’s depressing, it’s painful, it’s heart-breaking. It’s a shot to the heart. Everything is beautiful. (Sorry, I so have a limited vocabulary!)

This is my current favorite album next to The Micro Head 4N’s recently released first album, A Beginning from the End.

My favorite songs from this album are Erase Me and Thank You For Breaking My Heart, with special stars on Thank You For Breaking My Heart. It’s really heavy on the heart – the music and the lyrics (lyrics, below!) And I also like the song Do It Anyway and I almost went screaming with Ben Folds’s piano skills.

Thank You For Breaking My Heart

Yeah, I want a different answer
So I ask you once again
But the truth’s in the silence
And this time I got it
It’s over

Thank you for breaking my heart
Now I know that it’s in there
I left it wide open
And asked you to stay
But you know better

Guess I thought it wouldn’t happen
And I could care until it hurt
Damn the ironic timing
The clouds and their linings
That open up and pour

And thank you for breaking my heart
Now I know that it’s in there
What a fool to imagine
That you’d feel the same
But you know better

Rain has washed the leaves away
Skeletons and stars
I’m pulling the door to
And closing the blinds

So thank you for breaking my heart
Now I know what it feels like
And it hurts so badly
Tell me this will pass
Soon enough know better

(I stole the lyrics from here.)

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