After a 13 year absence, Ben Folds Five is back together making new music. On September 18, they’ll release the new album The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind. Diffuser.fm took a listen to the first single, “Do It Anyway,” and wrote:
‘Do It Anyway’ isn’t just a band attempting to recreate what it does best. It kicks off with a fierce, frenetic groove led by the magic fingers piano playing of frontman Folds, and only builds in intensity from there over the course of its four-plus minutes. “I used to like you, now I think you’re OK,” Folds sings at one point, perhaps predicting a lukewarm reception from the band’s loyal following to the very reunion he is undertaking by singing the song. He ends the piece repeating the title over and over — “Do it anyway, do it anyway, do it anyway, do it anyway” — until it almost becomes a mantra, perhaps a way of convincing himself and his bandmates to follow through with the reunion in the face of doubt. Lucky for us, that’s exactly what they did.
Read the entire review here.