Lonely Avenue [Deluxe Edition]

Lonely Avenue [Deluxe Edition]

by Ben Folds, Nick Hornby
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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 likable "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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/2010
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597978599
catalogNumber: 524877

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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
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
Sam Smith   Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul Buckmaster   String Arrangements
Ben Folds   Composer,Producer,Arp String Ensemble
Joe Costa   Engineer
Joel Meyerowitz   Cover Photo
Leslie Richter   Engineer
Nick Hornby   Composer,Lyricist,Liner Notes
Sharon Corbitt-House   Studio Manager

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