Lonely Avenue

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The formula for Lonely Avenue was a simple one: author Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy) writes the lyrics and Ben Folds composes and performs the music. It's a novel idea (seriously, the deluxe edition comes housed in a hardbound, 152-page book that features four of Hornby's short stories and photographs by Guggenheim Fellow Joel Meyerowitz) that works more often than it doesn't. For the most part, the majority of the songs on Lonely Avenue could have appeared on anything Folds has put out since going solo in 2001. In fact, Hornby's prose and penchant for cuss words and misunderstood protagonists is nearly indistinguishable from Folds', who has made a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The formula for Lonely Avenue was a simple one: author Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy) writes the lyrics and Ben Folds composes and performs the music. It's a novel idea (seriously, the deluxe edition comes housed in a hardbound, 152-page book that features four of Hornby's short stories and photographs by Guggenheim Fellow Joel Meyerowitz) that works more often than it doesn't. For the most part, the majority of the songs on Lonely Avenue could have appeared on anything Folds has put out since going solo in 2001. In fact, Hornby's prose and penchant for cuss words and misunderstood protagonists is nearly indistinguishable from Folds', who has made a career out of balancing the two since busting out of Chapel Hill in 1995. Both artists are gifted social commentators with a love for snarky, collegiate cynicism that hides a huge sentimental streak. Not surprisingly, it's the latter predilection that provides Lonely Avenue with its most memorable moments. Folds' late career turn as a top-notch balladeer has unearthed some real gems, and the lush, lovingly orchestrated "Picture Window" and "Belinda," the latter of which follows a former one-hit-wonder who has to deliver his signature hit night after night, despite the fact that he ditched "Belinda" for somebody younger with "big breasts, a nice smile and no kids," are no exception. Other highlights include the loose and likeable "Doc Pomus," the missed connections rocker "From Above," and the erratic, Oingo Boingo-meets-AC/DC oddity "Saskia Hamilton," but misfires like the overblown "Levi Johnston's Blues" and the weirdly defensive, literary white-boy funk opener "A Working Day" are as uncomfortable and awkward to listen to as they are to read through.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2010
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597978629
  • Catalog Number: 524876
  • Sales rank: 99,265

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Working Day (1:50)
  2. 2 Picture Window (3:42)
  3. 3 Levi Johnston's Blues (5:15)
  4. 4 Doc Pomus (4:13)
  5. 5 Your Dogs (3:23)
  6. 6 Practical Amanda (3:52)
  7. 7 Claire's Ninth (3:49)
  8. 8 Password (5:21)
  9. 9 From Above (4:04)
  10. 10 Saskia Hamilton (3:09)
  11. 11 Belinda (6:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben Folds Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Bass Guitar, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Clavinet, Hand Clapping, Wind Chimes, Roland Juno 6, Piano (Upright)
Nick Hornby Primary Artist
Jack Jezzro Bass
David Angell Violin
Jeff Bailey Trumpet
Paul Buckmaster Conductor
John Catchings Cello
David Davidson Violin
Connie Heard Violin
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Dave Loucky Bass Trombone
Steve Patrick Trumpet
Kathryn Plummer Viola
Chris Teal Violin
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Joe Costa Hand Clapping
Sam Smith Drums, Background Vocals
Wei Tsun Chang Violin
Monisa Angell Viola
Karen Winkelmann Violin
Roy Agee Trombone
Jennifer Kummer French Horn
Carolyn Bailey Violin
Prentiss Hobbs Trombone
Beth Beeson French Horn
Jared Reynolds Bass, Background Vocals
Sarighani Reist Cello
Joel Reist Bass
Kate Miller-Heidke Vocals
Stefan Petrescu Violin
Keir Nuttall screams
Chad Chapin Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Glockenspiel, Background Vocals
Andrew Higley French Horn, Background Vocals, fender rhodes, Roland Juno 6
Chris Farrell Viola
Elisabeth Small Violin
Kristina Siemer Violin
Conni Ellisor Violin
Kirsten Greer Cello
Technical Credits
Paul Buckmaster String Arrangements
Ben Folds Composer, Producer, Arp String Ensemble
Joe Costa Engineer
Joel Meyerowitz Cover Photo
Robert C. Ludwig Mastering
Leslie Richter Engineer
Nick Hornby Composer, Lyricist, Liner Notes
Sharon Corbitt-House Studio Manager
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