Title - 'The Normal Album'
Artist - Will Wood
For those unaware, Avant-pop singer/songwriter, Will Wood, has just-released his third album, The Normal Album, this past July 10th, 2020, via Say-10 Records.
Produced by Jonathan Maisto (Dillinger Escape Plan, Foxy Shazam) with a guest appearance from multi-platinum producer Matt Squire (Panic! At The Disco, Ariana Grande, One Direction), The Normal Album is an enthralling, 10-track statement on normality and conformity.
Furthermore, the new album was successfully funded on Indiegogo within a day of its launch, and went on to raise nearly $28,000, with hundreds of passionate fans pledging up to thousands of dollars each!
- Greetings, from Mary Bell Township!
- (Vampire) Culture
- Love Me, Normally
2. '2econd-2ight-2eer (that was fun, goodbye)'
3. 'Laplace's Angel (Hurt People? Hurt People!)'
5. '... well, better than the alternative'
6. 'Outliars & Hyppocrates: A Fun Fact About Apples'
7. 'BlackBoxWarrior - OKULTRA'
8. 'Marsha, Thankk You for the Dialects, but I Need You to Leave'
9. 'Love Me, Normally'
10. 'Memento Mori: the most important thing in the world'
The album opens with the, at times frenetic, at others delightfully vaudeville trilogy that goes under the title of 'Surburbia Overture' and then backs that up seamlessly with the anthemic '2econd-2ight-2eer (that was fun, goodbye),' the melodic lyricism, ala Fall Out Boy-esque of 'Laplace's Angel (Hurt People? Hurt People!),' and then we get the sped-up circus appeal vibe of 'I/Me/Myself' and the one-two pop bounce of '... well, better than the alternative.'
Up next is the languishingly beauty of 'Outliars & Hyppocrates: A Fun Fact About Apples,' the fevered 'BlackBoxWarrior - OKULTRA,' the near-operatic output of 'Marsha, Thankk You for the Dialects, but I Need You to Leave,' rounding out with the passionately enraptured 'Love Me, Normally,' closing on the Ziegfeld Follies-esque revue feel of 'Memento Mori: the most important thing in the world.'
"The '80s nostalgia prevalent in the pop world right now leaves out the best part of the '80s: the '50s nostalgia," says Wood when asked about the lead single, 'Love, Me Normally.'
"Multi-platinum producer Matt Squire helped me and the band stack nostalgias with a '50s doo-wop '80s power ballad so I could capture not the simpler times we long for," Will continues, "but the longing for simpler times itself. After all, times have never been simple; we just want things to go back to normal."
He adds, "A lot of people like to, when faced with how weird they are or someone they care about is, ask the age-old rhetorical question 'well, what is normal, anyway?'"
"We understand what the question means, but we don't really bother to answer it. The Normal Album is my answer, and the other questions it begs."
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