Ben Folds is pushing back the release date of his next solo album to early 2005 in order to give "Star Trek" veteran William Shatner's upcoming collection, "Has Been," his full attention. The set is being targeted for a September release by Shout! Factory.
"It is a great record and it is really worth going out and doing some shows in major cities," Folds told Billboard.com. "(Shatner) is not a musician at all -- he's not rapping or singing -- but he is still part of the music. I've never heard a record quite like it." Shatner previously guested on Folds'1998 solo album "Fear of Pop, Vol.1"
Shatner's album was produced and written mostly by Folds and includes cameos by Henry Rollins, Aimee Mann and Joe Jackson, who duets with Shatner on Pulp's "Common People." Author Nick Hornby ("High Fidelity") also co-wrote a song with Folds for the project.
I don't think this really qualifies as advanced, though I applaud the inclusion of Henry Rollins, who just may be advanced. Also, it's sort of interesting that William Shatner and Joe Jackson are doing a Pulp song. I also think that Ben Folds seriously likes the music he has made with Shatner. Still, Ben Folds just doesn't have the stature. It's no Loretta Lynn/Jack White collaboration, that's for sure.
p.s. Ever notice that Aimee Mann and Michael Penn are the man and woman version of each other? I'm glad they got married.