When Ben Folds, Darren Jessee and Robert Sledge took the stage at 9 p.m. with a quick wave to the audience before barreling into The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind‘s “Michael Praytor, Five Years Later,” however, it was clear this wasn’t going to be the Ben Folds Five concert you might have missed in 1999. Even though the band followed that one up with “Jackson Cannery,” their opening track from their self-titled album, the set as a whole was far from a nostalgic retrospective.
During their 90 minutes on stage, the North Carolinan trio played a surprising seven tracks from their latest LP, occasionally teasing the crowd with an old up-tempo favorite like “Battle Of Who Could Care Less” or “Army” in between several back-to-back slower rarities.
... Robert and Darren’s harmonies were flawless. Ben’s music-geek jokes about scales and his improvising on the baby grand was a reminder that some things haven’t changed in over a decade. The best part: Ben Folds Five sounded as good as they did pumping through the cassette tape player of my car back in 1998.
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