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Ben Folds Goes A Cappella, With Help

All Things Considered, April 26, 2009 - Ben Folds first got the country to sing along with his music back in 1997, with his breakthrough hit "Brick." His dynamic live shows often found Folds leaping on top of the piano, dividing the audience down the middle, and conducting them in two-part (and sometimes even three-part) harmony.

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Pop star puts campus singers in limelight

By Phil Rockrohr / University of ChicagoWhen the University of Chicago a cappella group  Voices in Your Head recorded a song Ben Folds made famous, the 12 student-singers just wanted an interesting piece of music for their latest album, “Note to Self.”Then Folds, an academically trained multi-instrumentalist and 1990s pop star, decided to collect a cappella versions of his songs for an upcoming album of his own, and suddenly “Magic” was happening.

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Dear A Cappella Groups:

Dear A Cappella Groups:Please do not ever use these words to describe yourself:     1)    Groundbreaking

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Not The Same

I've been chomping at the bit to hear the Ben Folds album ever since I got a call from his management floating the idea.Holy &#*#@!!! This is perhaps the biggest thing to happen to a cappella since the Do It A Cappella special back in 1991! The potential audience, the potential snowball effect, the immediate cachet within and without the collegiate world... amazing.However, I'm hugely conflicted in how I should listen to this disc, as I wear a variety of hats in the a cappella community. From which perspective should I review the album?How about all?

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Recording Review: Dartmouth Aires' "Extraordinaire"

In order to truly understand why I chose to review this album, first you have to understand my relationship with the Dartmouth Aires.  About four years ago, I was directing an a cappella group, and at the pinnacle of my a cappella obsession (acasession?).  I wanted to build up my repertoire of albums not only to enjoy, but also to learn from.  One of the albums on that list was the Dartmouth Aires’ “Impaired” album.  It had just won the 2005 CARA Male Collegiate Album of the Year Award as they did with thei