A cappella is not supposed to sound this good. The vocals-only genre exists solely for our amusement and ridicule, right? Andy, the dork from The Office was in a college a cappella group, so itâ€™s gotta be uncool, right? Ben Folds may have finally made the oft maligned musical form hip with the release of Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella!
After discovering that college singing groups across the country â€“ from The Sacramento State Jazz Singers to The Princeton Nassoons and more than a dozen colleges in between – cover his songs, Folds decided to put together an album of the covers. The result is nothing short of brilliant! Along with taking on Foldâ€™s better known songs like â€œBrick,â€ â€œArmyâ€ and â€œJesusland,â€ the performers dig pretty deep into the Ben Foldsâ€™ songbook, covering lesser known tracks like â€œBoxingâ€ (with Folds on lead vocals) and â€œSelfless, Cold and Composed.â€
Folds also re-records â€œEffington,â€ off of his latest album, a cappella. The songs, which are all pretty decent to begin with, are actually shown in a new light without the interference of instruments. The release is a fantastic experiment that pays off brillaintly.
Top Tracks: â€œNot the Same,â€ â€œBoxing,â€ â€œArmyâ€ and about 13 othersâ€¦
Ratings: 9 out of 10
Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella! / CD / 2009 / Epics / 16 Tracks / http://www.benfolds.com/acappella