Check out this review of Ben Folds Five performing at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle:
The magic is certainly still there. Their set opens with ‘Michael Praytor, Five Years Later’ from latest album The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, and you can almost feel the chemistry fizzing in the air. Folds’ piano playing has always been like a wilder, trippier Elton John, and the rest of the band display their full range of idiosyncrasies: Robert Sledge struts with his bass as if he’s playing lead guitar, while Darren Jessee strokes the drumkit with an unlikely fusion of rock and freeform jazz. If you took these elements in isolation you’d say that Ben Folds Five should never work – but work they do, and the crowd is quick to appreciate it. They’re a little bold, a little rough around the edges, but never anything less than entertaining.
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