Even after Ben Folds Five reunited last year, Folds brought his solo tour to the LC, so it's good to see he's finally bringing Robert Sledge and Darren Jessee with him this time. Folds has always done his best work with those guys around.
The first three Ben Folds Five albums, though flawed and occasionally grating, were mostly triumphant affairs track a colorful arc from boisterous youth to melancholic middle age. The Folds solo material that followed always felt hollow in comparison.
Last year’s reunion record The Sound of the Life of the Mind picked up where 1999’s The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner left off, older and wiser but also rejuvenated. The hindsight anthem “Do It Anyway” is among the best work Folds has ever done, so even with the new material mixed in, Friday’s show will probably be a blast — good enough, even, to justify paying for a ticket to see tourmates Barenaked Ladies and Guster.