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Rockin' the Suburbs


Download links and information about Rockin' the Suburbs by Ben Folds. This album was released in 2001 and it belongs to Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 48:40 minutes.

Artist: Ben Folds
Release date: 2001
Genre: Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist
Tracks: 12
Duration: 48:40
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No. Title Length
1. Annie Waits 4:16
2. Zak and Sara 3:11
3. Still Fighting It 4:25
4. Gone 3:22
5. Fred Jones, Pt. 2 3:45
6. The Ascent of Stan 4:14
7. Losing Lisa 4:10
8. Carrying Cathy 3:48
9. Not the Same 4:17
10. Rockin' the Suburbs 4:58
11. Fired 3:49
12. The Luckiest 4:25



Half satirist, half romantic, Ben Folds looks upon Middle America with a jaundiced yet affectionate eye. On his official solo debut, Rockin’ the Suburbs, he applies his storytelling skills to a batch of piano-centered tunes that recall the likes of Elton John, Joe Jackson, and early Paul McCartney. Folds is an astute observer of human foibles — his portraits of adolescent oddballs (“Zak and Sara”), broken-down working stiffs (“Fred Jones, Pt. 2”), and flaccid rockers (the title tune) are vividly drawn. He tempers his desire towards keyboard embellishment with a sense of proportion, avoiding arrangement clutter in favor of classic harmonies (“Still Fighting It”) and crisp dynamics (“The Ascent of Stan”). The most pleasing development here is Folds’ growth as a balladeer. Without veering into sappiness, he manages to achieve a heart-tugging grace on tracks like “The Luckiest” and “Carrying Cathy.” Just when he threatens to turn into a “sensitive” singer/songwriter, Ben slips in subversive lyric details — “Losing Lisa,” for instance, merges the love of a girl with the pleasures of shopping. Folds’ boyish midrange vocals and fragile falsetto add a poignant touch. Sweetly sardonic, Rockin’ the Suburbs is the sort of wry valentine only Folds can deliver.