The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective is a compilation album by American singer-songwriter Ben Folds and his alternative rock trio Ben Folds Five, released in the United States of America on October 11, 2011 by Legacy Records. The title comes from a song from their 1995 self-titled debut album
For The Best Imitation of Myself, Ben Folds compiled his sneering work with Ben Folds Five and his poppier solo output up to 2011. Of course, there’s the early (and stirring) Brick, which tells the story of a high school girlfriend having an abortion; the unstoppably rollicking jam One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces ; and old-school rock ‘n’ roller Kate. Landed makes an appearance with a sweeping string section, and the vibrant From Above zooms along on sparkling piano riffs. The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective Ben Folds.
The most comprehensive and definitive Ben Folds collection ever assembled, and first-ever domestic overview of Folds' music, The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective is remastered from original master tapes, bringing together Ben s biggest hits, previously unreleased material and a newly recorded Ben Folds Five track.
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Now, that day has come with the arrival of one broad three-disc affair titled, The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective. This collection isn’t a best of, necessarily, but more of a front-to-back anthology of Folds’ resume.
Philosophy (with Ben Folds Five). Underground (with Ben Folds Five). Landed (Strings Version). Julianne (with Ben Folds Five). Video (with Ben Folds Five). Song for the Dumped (with Ben Folds Five). Missing the War (with Ben Folds Five). Mess (with Ben Folds Five). Magic (with Ben Folds Five).
Folds seems to understand that The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective is a vehicle for his bosses at Sony to cash in on his improbable reality TV stardom, yet he’s more the willing to play along - offering up several hours worth of previously unreleased material and writing extensive liner notes that are a pleasure to read (unless you’re. one of his ex-wives). The best-of portion of Imitation suffers from the same problems that hamper all similar compilations - it’s poorly sequenced and its track listing leaves much to be desired. A strong opening number is a hallmark of every Ben Folds album so it’s more than a little disconcerting when this collection opens with Brick. Although it’s Folds’ biggest hit to date, a somber abortion ballad is hardly an appropriate starting point for, well, anything at all, really.