Ryan Adams is putting out a monster 15-LP, vinyl-only box set tomorrow.
And for a finale Folds played his role of Glee conductor and divided the audience into three part harmonies to sing “Not the Same,” his retrospective to an acquaintance’s acid trip turned born again. 28 songs in two hours is nothing to complain about, especially for a guy on less than six hours sleep, with plenty of dust storm related improv. It might be too early in the game too coin Folds as an "American Original," but there's no argument that his hows certainly fall into the unique category.
Ben Folds and the Seattle Symphony. For few musicians would I have fewer reservations about this potential pairing – and in Folds’ recent visit to Seattle, this critic was not disappointed. Folds played a magnificent set, highlighting the strength of his songwriting, giving the audience a window into the process of converting pop songs into orchestral pieces (or, at it’s called, “arranging”), and generally providing a great evening.