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Way To Normal [Explicit]

29 Sep 2008 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 29 Sep 2008
  • Release Date: 29 Sep 2008
  • Label: Epic
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  • Total Length: 39:23
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B006JCFPQC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,885 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Nov 2008
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Before I start this review, I just want to say that I have been a huge fan of Ben's music since the release of the debut Ben Folds Five album back in 1995 and consider 2001's 'Rockin' The Suburbs' album to be one of my all time favourites, so I write from the perspective of a long-time admirer of the man and his work. However, with the exception of the 'Fear Of Pop' project, I think that - sadly - in 'Way To Normal' Ben has probably made his worst studio album to date.

The album starts off brightly. 'Hiroshima', a musical pastiche of Elton John's 'Bennie & The Jets', is a nice piece of inoffensive pop and 'Dr. Yang' is full of energy and pounding piano keys, although, production-wise, it could have been slightly less crashy and noisy. 'The Frown Song' is a decent enough track as well, but none of the opening three could be described as classics. The bouncy, melodic 'You Don't Know Me' (featuring Regina Spektor) is easily one of the album's highlights and one of the most obviously divorce-influenced tracks. 'Before Cologne' and 'Cologne' are very pretty pieces of music, although some of the lyrics in the latter really don't work - the news story part grates badly.

'Errant Dog' is an enjoyable track and reminds me very much of early Ben Folds Five - there's nothing particularly deep about it, but it still manages to be one of my favourite cuts here. 'Free Coffee' would be a good track if it wasn't for the really horrible metallic sound of the piano (achieved by putting empty Altoid tins on the piano strings), but still makes a good lyrical point. I think the next track will be either something you love or hate and does nothing to assist relations between men and women.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Forester on 16 Jun 2009
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I read all the reviews for this album and they are really polarised so wasn't sure what I'd make of it. I own most of his earlier work and have seen him live and consider myself a fan of pretty much all of it. "Way to Normal" is good and its growing on me but its not amazing and feels a bit like an album of B sides and unreleased material. However that said there are some great tracks on here, Cologne is superb and there is a little bit of anarchy on "Dr Yang" and "Bitch went Nuts" that is unlike the more sober tone of "Silverman". If you're a fan buy it and you will, as ever with Folds, find much to love, if you want to start your Folds collection I think "..Suburbs" or "..Messner" are more consistently better. Would love to give it three and half stars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RJW on 2 Oct 2008
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Ben Folds is virtually a nobody in the UK, yet he is supremely talented and writes lyrics that few others would even attempt. Yes, there is a lot of swearing on this album, and some of it seems gratuitous, but the tunes and the musicianship are excellent. Hiroshima, You Dont Know Me, Cologne, Kylie and Effington are as good as anything he has ever done IMO.
As a whole the album is not as good as Songs For Silverman, but for less than a Tenner this is great fun - but don't play it when the children are around !
BTW, he produced 5 great songs for the Over The Hedge childrens' film soundtrack - that's worth getting too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ian Thomson on 3 Oct 2008
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I have listened to all of Ben Folds previous work, and was extremely anxious to get a copy of his latest album. However, whereas "Songs for Silverman" sounds like he took his time in producing an excellent album with almost all of the tracks good to excellent, "Way to Normal" sounds like Ben hasn't really tried too hard and as a result there are mediocre tracks mixed in with some good efforts. I probably haven't listened enough yet, but I would estimate that there are really only about 4 tracks that are up to his normal high standard. Overall a bit disappointing given the time between the last album and this, I really expected more of a man with such talent.
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...and without the gratuitous swearing, too.
Okay, that's the headline point. Like much of the content on this album, it acts to turn your head and shock you. Actually, behind the constant effing and blinding, there are some very clever and very catchy songs. "Cologne" is an absolute standout, and the opening "Hiroshima" is a wonderful glam-stomp that makes perfect sense in the car (until it judders to a halt - the song, that is, not the car...).
Elsewhere, the tone of the songs is bitter and lyrically foul-mouthed - far more so than anything since "Song For The Dumped". And that gives us a clue to where Ben might have been coming from at that point in time. If not that, then he must have been aiming for a kind of Randy Newman-esque narrator's voice, bringing the characters to life for us to react to, rather than venting his own frustrations with his music. Hmm. Somehow it just doesn't convince.
Perhaps it's telling that, at the time of writing, Ben's recent tour had dropped much of the Way To Normal stuff, retaining only "Cologne" and "You Don't Know Me". You can draw a straight line from Songs For Silverman through to Lonely Avenue, and Way To Normal is somewhere below that line.
Worth buying? Yes, because there are some very good songs on here, but don't expect to be returning to this album as a whole very often.
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