Normal as the Next Guy is the 6th and final album released by The Knack in 2001. It marks the 4th comeback attempt by the band after its second album, ...But the Little Girls Understand, failed to achieve the success of the band's début album.Allmusic critic Mark Deming noted that the album finds songwriter and lead singer Doug Fieger having resolved his issues with women, but has not "found a subject that appears to compel him nearly as much as the treacheries of girls once did." Therefore, Deming feels that compared to older songs by the band, the songs on Normal as the Next Guy "may be more pleasant, but they're not as interesting." The Rolling Stone Album Guide gave the album a 3 star rating, as high as the group's début Get The Knack, and higher than any other Knack studio album.
Normal as the Next Guy was The Knack's first release on Smile Records.Pat Torpey and David Henderson play drums on Normal as the Next Guy, instead of original Knack drummer Bruce Gary. Fieger has described the album as "us doing whatever we want."