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Format: CD
Sku: 210681762
UPC: 886974619628
UPC 14: 00886974619628
Release Date: 2/10/2009
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Effington ~ Ben Folds
2. Frown Song ~ Ben Folds
3. Dr. Yang ~ Ben Folds
4. You Don't Know Me - (featuring Regina Spektor) ~ Ben Folds
5. Free Coffee ~ Ben Folds
6. Cologne ~ Ben Folds
7. Bitch Went Nuts ~ Ben Folds
8. Hiroshima ~ Ben Folds
9. Kylie From Connecticut ~ Ben Folds
10. Errant Dog ~ Ben Folds
11. Brainwascht ~ Ben Folds
12. Clologne [Piano Orchestra Version] ~ Ben Folds
13. Bitch Went Nutz ~ Ben Folds
14. Way To Normal ~ Ben Folds
15. Free Coffee Town ~ Ben Folds
16. Lovesick Diagnostician ~ Ben Folds
17. Frowne Song (Feeble Anthem) ~ Ben Folds
18. You Don't Know Me [Conan O'Brien Rehearsal] ~ Ben Folds
19. Hiroshima [Japanese Version] ~ Ben Folds
20. Brainwashed ~ Ben Folds

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Audio Remasterer: Chris Athena.
Muze PNote Ben Folds' seventh studio recording begins appropriately with an Elton John spoof. After a string of introspective albums, the old-school (as in Ben Folds Five era) "Hiroshima (B B B Benny Hit His Head)," with its bombastic strings, "Benny and the Jets"-inspired piano motif and not-so-subtle refrain of "They're watching me, watching me fall" marks a return to the snarky, sarcastic days of old when Folds' signature blend of nerdy bravado and apathetic melodiousness wrested dominance of the proverbial cheap, college dorm stereo from They Might Be Giants. Like all of Folds' records, Way to Normal is full of melodic hooks and witty, semi-obvious barbs. Folds rarely works in metaphor, so when he sings, "The bitch went nuts/she stabbed my basketball and the speakers to my stereo," that's really all that happened. Surprisingly, it's the quieter moments on Way to Normal like "Cologne," "Kylie from Connecticut," and to a lesser extent "You Don't Know Me" (the latter, a duet with Regina Spektor) that elicit the biggest thrills, but they're few and far between. Folds has always found a way to balance all of the privileged, rich-kid prickishness with moments of surprising profundity, but this time around the profanity and outrage feel more forced than usual -- the aforementioned "Bitch Went Nuts" feels somehow more sophomoric coming from the mouth of a 42-year-old producer, composer, and father. Way to Normal may win a few fans back who balked at the newfound sincerity that peppered his last two or three records, but a little more nuance and a lot less displaced teen angst would have made it palatable for everybody. [Folds reissued Way to Normal in 2009 as a two-disc set called Stems and Seeds. Disc one featured the remixed, remastered, re-sequenced album in its' entirety, though without the excessive, radio-ready compression that accompanies most major label releases, while disc two featured files from the sessions that listeners could upload to "Garageband" and remix themselves.] ~ James Christopher Monger

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Regina Spektor

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Penelope
Muze Music Compilations About Time
Muze Music Compilations I Am Sam

Associated Artists and Works

Fear Of Pop
Nick Hornby

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/10/2009
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2009
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 88697461962
Music Label Name Label : Epic (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00886974619628

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Folds,Ben
Product attributeLabel:   Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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