Spin (10/98, pp.148-149) - 5 (out of 10) - "...Czukay's cutting-room flair for unlikely juxtapositions is...evident on...ON THE WAY TO THE PEAK OF NORMAL, whose slippery opiated grooves float on Pink Floyd carrier waves and a Zappa-esque sense of the cosmic absurd..."
The Wire (3/98, pp.53-4) - "...6 pieces of middle-ages music, sensuous to the point of languidness, drifting and hanging in the air like scent or cigarette smoke, pregnant with memories of better, harsher times now viewed through the gelatinous tears of an overweening whimsy..."
Personnel: Holger Czukay (vocals, guitar, flute, French horn, organ, vocoder, congas); Jaki Liebeæit (drums).
Audio Mixer: Holger Czukay.
Recording information: Inner Space.
Editor: Holger Czukay.
ON THE WAY TO THE PEAK OF NORMAL, from 1981, was the first conventional pop record Holger Czukay released after the breakup of Can in the late 1970s. Of course, as always with this prime experimentalist, "conventional" is a relative term. Recorded with Can's drummer Jaki Liebezeit, plus occasional help from Conny Plank and Jah Wobble, it is one of the few Czukay solo records that have the feel of vintage-era Can, particularly on the hypnotic, near-instrumental two-song suite on the original LP's first side. The four shorter pieces on side two are more varied.