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Lonely Avenue [+Digital Booklet]

27 Sept. 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 24 Sept. 2010
  • Release Date: 27 Sept. 2010
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Copyright: 2010 Nonesuch Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company.
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  • Total Length: 48:16
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  • ASIN: B0043J1IA0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,017 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Susanne Lueck on 27 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Finally there's an album again that you wouldn't want to miss one sound or syllable of! Each Song is a poem telling its own story. True to the title theme, some of those stories are sad (Claire's Ninth, Doc Pomus), some are even heartbreaking (Picture Window - boy, still gulping hard at this one!) Some are funny-clever (Saskia Hamilton), some are trenchant-clever (Your dogs, Password) - but all of them are true. And authentic. And moving. Folds provides an appropriately intelligent, subtle and very enticing soundtrack to Hornby's likewise words. (Not to mention he created a Seventies wonder hit, Belinda, that never actually was but instantly sticks anyway.) Don't miss this! Buy it - and listen to it over and over. Every word and every note. You'll want to.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven on 29 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
Some have called him, unflatteringly, a sweary Billy Joel. On his last album, Way To Normal, I wondered if he was aiming himself at the target of being a sweary Randy Newman. On the evidence of this collaboration with Nick Hornby however, Ben Folds looks like being tagged as a cuss-heavy Elton John. With Hornby as Bernie Taupin, of course.

Is that a bad thing?

No. While I've never really got along with Nick Hornby's somewhat self-congratulatory writing (and as someone who works in a record shop, take it from me - it's nothing like High Fidelity), on this album Hornby's four-minute tales of pain, loss, guilt and crushed wonder are exceptional and you have to wonder why he hasn't ventured into this arena before. From Above is perfect wistful pop, and the lyrical hooks stick in your head - "maybe that's how books get written, maybe that's why songs get sung" indeed. Belinda is the 70s hit that never was, as much suited to Manilow as to Elton; even the brash and sweary (natch) Levi Johnston's Blues sounds more like a glitter-stomp in places.

And, perhaps freed from having to bang on about his own relationships (as many suspect he was doing on Way To Normal), Folds himself relaxes and thinks more about the music. This album sits perfectly alongside Reinhold Messner and Songs For Silverman in tone and theme and is highly recommended.

Still not something you can play with the kids around though, unless you really do want them running about singing the virtues of being a redneck...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hoare TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
A high concept Album Lonely Avenue - Words by Nick Hornby, Music by Ben Folds where can it go wrong?

Ben Folds is a long favourite of mine; he combines a lack of reverence for being placed in a single musical genre with a willingness to take chances (like William Shatner's Has Been which Ben Produced) and all that appeals to my wide taste for music. Lonely Avenue has a good mix of energy and musical styles- matched with Nick's lyrics - that have made it a great album for me.

Having read through the notes and listened to it quite a few times now I like to imagine that Nick deliberately wrote things to make Ben's life hard - at least thats how I explain the lyrics "No hard consonants in my girl Saskia, Every single syllable sounds like Shakespeare." In comparison to the rest of my iTunes library I think Nick has written a less depressing Luke Haines style songs - the songs are on topics that interest him and encourage the listener to get onto google to find out more about the people.

The cover notes are excellent with each song getting a paragraph of explanation from Nick explaining the Origin. I would dearly like to hear a follow up to this album, but I fear Mr Folds will move on challenging himself and us further.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam harris on 8 Aug. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Okay. So my initial reaction was that this album was a bit average, nothing special and the only song I really loved was From Above.

But when you actually take the time to really listen to this album (I had it on my Ipod) then you realize the beauty of the song or should I say musical stories.
After a few listens these songs really stood out.
>A Working Day - The first track, at less than 2 minutes its more of an introduction tune, however Hornby is spot on with the lyrics which are hilarious and Ben arranges the music perfectly. My favorite line from the album "Some guy on the net thinks I suck and he should know, he's got his own blog".
>Picture Window - This song is tragic, Hornby's lyrics paints us a picture of a mother in hospital with her dying son and trying not to get her hopes up just to get them crushed. It'll definitely grab at your heartstrings.
>Levi Johnston's Blues, This is a lot of fun based on the boy who had a one night stand with Sarah Palin's daughter and was expected to change his religious views and grow up apparently the funny; insanely catchy chorus is from his tweets.
>Your Dogs - We all have that neighbor who blares out their music or makes too much noise, hopefully it's you with this track on full volume. Ben pounds away on his piano to perfection, every key is hit perfectly, real funky, funny tune.
>Practical Amanda - This is a lovely song, most couples will have the practical one and the dreamer. Hornby may not have the voice to sing this too his wife but Ben does beautifully, he sings with passion in this one. And when he belts out "I've got no time for dates and plans, no I'm to busy dreaming" You'll have goosebumps everywhere.
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