A 1999 album by Ben Folds Five, and one of the greatest albums ever made. A pseudo-concept album, it rocks nevertheless, unlike their previous four which relied on piano pounding and zany lyrics. Be sure to recognize the tips of the hat (Flugelhorn!) to Burt Bacharach--to which Ben himself admitted readily. Highlights of the album include "Mess" and "Magic" and low points include the horribly short run-length.
Pick up the japanese import version which adds two rarities: "Theme from Doctor Pyser" (also on the Aussie pressing) and "Birds" (although some pressings only have the latter).
Aw hell. Get the album from wherever you want. It's well worth it. And if you get it on vinyl (as it was released, as well as CD and cassette), then you probably won't worry about it being not so long.