This is the album where two things started happening simultaneously. 1) We all breathed a collective sigh of relief because we could all stop pretending like we cared about the other two guys in Ben Folds Five (Sorry, other two guys in the band. If it makes you feel better, I once played bass in a band where the guy who wrote all the songs, sang them, and played lead guitar could also play the bass better than I could. The only reason I was in the band to begin with was because the main dude didn't have two extra hands. The same is true for you and Ben Folds. You just gotta know the score and deal with it). 2) Ben Folds took his already nifty knack for pop songwriting and distilled it down to its purest and most potent form.
This album has some of the best songs Ben Folds has ever written which should appeal to everyone on the planet. Seriously, I defy you to dislike "Annie Waits" "Still Fighting It" and the poignant "The Ascent of Stan." Also, I know you put "The Luckiest" on a mix for your significant other. Don't even try to deny it.
Baleeted? Nope. As a fan of great pop, I am contractually obligated to keep this album and listen to it regularly.