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  • Audio CD (Feb. 10 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B001P4OADI
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,705 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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2009 two disc set featuring alternate versions and sequencing of his studio album, Way to Normal. Disc One contains the master 'stems' from the sessions, which can be used to remix and re-master the songs. Disc Two contains the 'fake versions' of the songs that were leaked online before the album's release. Also includes a new version of 'Cologne', the Japanese version of 'Hiroshima' and a live performance of 'You Don't Know Me'. 'Lovesick Diagnostician' is a track from a series of live performances Folds recorded during his Fall 2008 tour.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa728006c) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa73add58) out of 5 stars True fans will love this! Feb. 12 2009
By Daniel E. Fox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I had to search a bit to find a store that carried this CD, but as a huge Folds fan, it was worth it. The first CD doesn't mean much to me---it has isolated tracks which allow you to remix the Way To Normal album on your PC. If that's something you are into, go for it. The second CD is worth the price of admission, without a doubt. It contains a remixed version of Way To Normal which brings out a lot of new things in the music--for my ears, the vocals sound a LOT better on this version, for one thing. Ben also re-sequenced the album, so that the songs are in an order that, to me, is much more pleasing. After this, you also get the famous "leaked" tracks that Ben put on the Internet---these are AWESOME, not only are they better than the actual album tracks, but I really feel that they capture some of the loose, off-the-cuff, fun feeling that the Ben Folds Five had. Maybe these "leaked" tracks which were done for the hell of it freed Ben up to just be creative and not overthink things too much. Regardless, the songs are just great and I'm very glad to have them on a CD. This CD is probably mainly for true believers who buy anything Ben releases (I'm one of them) but I gotta tell you, this was definitely worth finding.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa73152e8) out of 5 stars Good Deal for the True Folds Fan March 11 2009
By Platinum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My only issue with Way to Normal was the production value. Ben's label probably hated him for doing this, but he really delivered for his die-hard fans this time. You've got all the stems that you can play around with and mix just the way you like. also, the newly mixed versions of the songs are VASTLY better. ben's voice even sounds clearer. the set also includes the entire fake album, the japanese version of hirosima, and a rehersal session for "you dont know me" on conan. its a great set all together. make sure to pick it up.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7402354) out of 5 stars something of an upgrade from _way to normal_ May 15 2009
By A. M. Morse - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As many reviewers and fans alike have noted, _Way to Normal_ blasted listeners with a monotonous stream of overproduced loudness. Without exception, the versions here are improvements. The previously leaked tracks are a bonus, too. While I'll never have enough Ben Folds, at the end of the day, the songs really just don't do it for me the way past Ben Folds and BFF albums have. As an evaluation of the songs, I'd give the album 2 or 3 stars, but this release earns 4 stars from me for its concept. The songs sound fresher and more dynamic here, some of the bonus songs are hilarious, and, while I haven't tried them, the idea behind the remixing disc sounds fun.

As something of an aside--while the sound vastly improves on the original release of _Way to Normal_ the song sequencing seems bizarre. Maybe I am conditioned to hearing the songs in their original order, but it's VERY jarring going from "Hiroshima" to "Kylie," for example. And "Brainwascht" is a great little pop tune, but it doesn't have lyrical or musical punch as a typical Ben Folds album closer and ends the album really oddly. "Cologne" or "Kylie" (as in the original) would have been far better choices.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7273738) out of 5 stars Playing with Stems is where it's at! Feb. 17 2009
By RP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are a Fan and have a Mac or a PC to use garageband or audacity your new time hole is here. You will lose hours of your life coming up with new versions/variations of tunes off of Way To Normal...You can take out the distorted piano of 'Free Coffee' (Mute Piano 1)and come up with a Better version IMO. Cologne you can hear mute all but the Strings and Piano and get different perspective of these great tunes. Thanks Ben for putting this out there!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa756fa34) out of 5 stars Rockin' the Remix April 27 2009
By wokka wokka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Taking cues from his fans, Ben Folds released a remixed version of Way to Normal that I would recommend purchasing over the original release. The songs contain less distortion than their counterparts, making songs like Free Coffee easier to listen to. Not to mention the added value of the Japanese version of Hiroshima, the fake tracks that were leaked as a joke to the internet, and a live version of Folds' Spektor Duet that is by far the best version of the song you can buy. As an added bonus, the second disc can be popped into your computer, and you can make your own remixes of all the WTN tracks. Democracy rules!