Best solo album and best group album?

Posted by Harlow

I've been a Ben Folds fan for about the last year or so...but I haven't delved into his music nearly as much as I feel I should have in that time. I figured a discussion forum like this would be the best place to ask a question like this, but for someone like me who's (semi) versed in Ben's music but in a lot of ways feels like I haven't even scratched the surface yet, what would you recommend as the best solo album to start with and what would you recommend as the best Ben Folds Five album to start with to get the best feel for his music? I've listened to certain songs from Rockin' the Suburbs, the Sound of the Life of the Mind, the Best Imitation of Myself, Songs for Silverman, Supersunnyspeedgraphic and Whatever and Ever Amen, but the only album I've heard the majority of was Whatever and Ever Amen. Or if you could point me to some of his best stuff just in terms of songs, I'd be on board with that, too! Thanks so much in advance!