It may not be much of a stretch to call Ben Folds the Liberace of the pop world. In terms of musicianship and sheer showmanship, Folds is a master of his craft, and it's doubtful that the glittery showman would disagree with the comparison.
The singer's skills are quite evident on Ben Folds Five's first live album, appropriately titled 'Ben Folds Five Live.' The trio, consisting of Folds on piano and vocals, Darren Jessee on drums and Robert Sledge on bass, revel in their mastery on this record, and having weathered their share of personal and professional storms, they've certainly earned the right to do so. The band formed in 1993, broke up in 2000 and reunited in 2011 with new material and a tour. Last year's 'The Sound of the Life of the Mind,' their first album since 1999, gets the spotlight treatment on 'Ben Folds Five Live,' though the disc also some classic older songs the Folds faithful will no doubt appreciate.