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Way To Normal(Explicit Version) CD 1 of 1

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Format: CD
Sku: 209059980
UPC: 886970984928
UPC 14: 00886970984928
Release Date: 9/30/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Hiroshima (B B B Benny Hit His Head) ~ Ben Folds
2. Dr. Yang ~ Ben Folds
3. Frown Song, The ~ Ben Folds
4. You Don'T Know Me - (featuring Regina Spektor) ~ Ben Folds
5. Before Cologne ~ Ben Folds
6. Cologne ~ Ben Folds
7. Errant Dog ~ Ben Folds
8. Free Coffee ~ Ben Folds
9. Bitch Went Nuts ~ Ben Folds
10. Brainwascht ~ Ben Folds
11. Effington ~ Ben Folds
12. Kylie From Connecticut ~ Ben Folds

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Ben Folds (vocals, piano, Wurlitzer organ, Mellotron, Moog synthesizer); Jared Reynolds (vocals, electric bass, background vocals); Sam Smith (vocals, drums); Regina Spektor (vocals); Joshua Motohashi (spoken vocals); David Davidson , David Angell (violin); Jim Grosjean (viola); John Catchings (cello); Love Sponge String Quartet, The Love Sponge Strings (strings); Dennis Herring (drums, drum programming).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: William Paden Hensley; Michael Brauer.
Muze PNote Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY.
Muze PNote Editor: Joe Costa.
Muze PNote Photographer: James Minchin.
Muze PNote Arranger: Ben Folds.
Muze PNote While the delightfully silly opener, "Hiroshima (B B B Benny Hit His Head)," is a particularly obvious nod to Elton John, one of the many dynamic pop keyboardists Ben Folds has frequently been compared to (also see: Billy Joel, Todd Rundgren), WAY TO NORMAL brings to mind another pianist who rose to power in the 1970s. With its quirky, witty wonderings about the neuroses of love and God and country, Folds's third record recalls Randy Newman post-LITTLE CRIMINALS--bright, bouncy, and buoyant, yet subtly twisted.
Muze PNote On "You Don't Know Me," Folds softly trades a cooing call-and-response with Regina Spektor, as perfect rapport and playful rhapsody disguise lyrics of human isolation in destructive love. The ultra-hooky "Brainwascht" fools around in the "You're So Vain" vein as Folds continues a beef with an unnamed busybody songwriter friend, all while a deceptively perky Bacharach-esque plays behind him. While he's still able to romp in the just plain goofy style that originally brought him attention in the Ben Folds Five days, particularly on the pun-happy Midwest walkabout "Effington," Folds is at his mature best when confronting exhausted honesty as on closing track, "Kylie From Connecticut."

Producer: Dennis Herring; Dennis Herring

Engineer: Csaba Petocz; Andros Rodriguez; Joe Costa; Anthony Ruotolo; Will Hensley; Csaba Petocz; Fernando Lodeiro; Joe Costa; Anthony Ruotolo

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Regina Spektor

Compilation Appearances

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

Associated Artists and Works

Fear Of Pop
Nick Hornby

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/29/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2008
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 88697098492
Music Label Name Label : Epic (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00886970984928

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly (p.76)
- "[T]he piano man pounds the ivories with undiminished fervor -- and lyrical venom....Folds shows off his gentler side on the confessional tune 'You Don't Know Me'..." -- Grade: B

Mojo (Publisher)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "Folds crashes about on piano and throws in string arrangements that lurch from melancholy to chaotic discord..."

Paste (magazine)
- "These 12 songs are more of an anthropological study of aberrant human behavior, idiosyncratic news stories and bizrre chapers of the musician's own autobiography, all observed with the same unstinting absurdist eye as J.D. Salinger when he penned NINE STORIES more than 50 years ago."

Product Attributes

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