I've been seriously geeking out on Ben Folds recently. He's got a new album coming out at the end of September (Way To Normal), but last week, a leaked version of the album showed up on line.
The weird part is that while he's been performing versions of his new material in concert all year, the versions of those songs on this leak are totally different. Some of the tracks are almost certainly real, especially the Regina Spektor-backed track, You Don't Know Me. Others have the same titles as ones he's been performing (The Bitch Went Nuts, Free Coffee) but aren't the same songs that we’ve heard live. Still others are way out in left field and, while hilarious, are not necessarily album-worthy.
So what’s the deal with Way To Normal? My personal theory is that this is a glorious hoax designed to keep us guessing. I think we’ll see some of these on the real release, but the others are just happy little gems. I don’t think it’s out of character for a guy with a wicked sense of humor and a recording studio to put out “fake” tracks.
I’d link to the download, but cease and desist notices are flying, so it’s up to you to track it down if you’re interested.