Label: Epic - 88697461962 • Format: CD Album DVD DVD-Data • Genre: Rock • Style: Alternative Rock, Power Pop
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 Disco Stomp - Various - Discotheque White Elephant Normal is full of melodic hooks and witty, semi-obvious barbs.
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 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. 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 Leroy And The Preacher - The Johnny Otis Show, Live!* Featuring Leroy Daniels - Sexmouth that listeners could upload to "Garageband" and remix themselves.
Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Stream or buy on:. Release Date February 10, Playful Heartache Introspection Mischief. Track Listing Free Coffee - Ben Folds - Stems And Seeds Disc 1.
Ben Folds. Frown Song. You Don't Know Me. Free Coffee. Bitch Went Nuts. Kylie from Connecticut. Errant Dog. Track Listing - Disc 2. Bitch Went Nutz. Way to Normal. Free Coffee Town. Lovesick Diagnostician. Frowne Song Feeble Anthem. Effington Ben Folds. Frown Song Ben Folds. Yang Ben Folds. Ben Folds feat: Regina Spektor.
Free Coffee Ben Folds. Cologne Ben Folds. Bitch Went Nuts Ben Folds. Hiroshima Ben Folds. Kylie from Connecticut Ben Folds. Errant Dog Ben Folds. Brainwascht Ben Folds. Bitch Went Nutz Ben Folds. Way to Normal Ben Folds. Free Coffee Town Ben Folds. Lovesick Diagnostician Ben Folds. Brainwashed Ben Folds.
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