Artist: Ben Folds Track: "You Don't Know Me" Album: Way to Normal Listen

The new record from perennial nice guy Ben Folds should appease hardcore fans of his droll, deadpan style of pop -- and those who have been wishing the dude would step out and try something new. On the great lead single, he runs through a straighforward piano ballad with a series of upbeat electronic flourishes that make for a really interesting mix. Regina Spektor's guest vocals round out a complex song by a lover who claims that his sweetheart's attraction and repulsion both stem from her unfamiliarity with him. It's a top song of the year.

Way to Normal drops Sept. 30, and Folds performs at Ohio University on Oct. 8. Oddly, that seems to be his closest stop to Columbus.