Ben Spier
September 24, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Way to Normal

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Ben Folds
genre
Rock

We gave it a B+

On ”Hiroshima,” the opening track of his third solo studio LP Way to Normal, Ben Folds jauntily recounts a bloody tumble off the stage. Injuries aside, the piano man pounds the ivories with undiminished fervor — and lyrical venom, as on the New Age?skewering ”Frown Song” and ”Bitch Went Nuts,” an ode to a vengeful ex. Thankfully, Folds shows off his gentler side on the confessional tune ”You Don’t Know Me,” a duet with fellow pianist/singer-songwriter Regina Spektor that could come in handy if they ever decide to make a ’70s Mad Men. B+
Download This: Listen to ”You Don’t Know Me” on the musician’s official website

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