Ben Folds - Way To Normal (3 stars)

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Ben Folds - Way To Normal

(Epic)

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Divorce is a bitch. But instead of languishing in his underpants, all beardy and beer-soaked following a much publicised split from his wife, Ben Folds jumped straight back into the studio and has come up with these 12 energy-packed tracks for his third solo release. In many ways it’s business as usual from him throughout – the pianos are playful and the lyrics oh-so-smart and sensitive – except when he gets Regina Spektor in for a sing-song on ‘You Don’t Know Me’; the King and Queen of American emo-kook joining forces for a pretty, rhythmic ditty. It’s one of the highlights of an album that feels as cathartic for its maker as it is accomplished.

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