Lonely Avenue (Ben Folds and Nick Hornby album)

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This article is about the album by Ben Folds and Nick Hornby. For the album by Freddie McCoy, see Lonely Avenue (Freddie McCoy album).
Lonely Avenue
Studio album by Ben Folds and Nick Hornby
Released September 28, 2010
Genre Alternative rock
Length 43:37
Label Nonesuch Records
Ben Folds and Nick Hornby chronology
Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella!
(2009)
Lonely Avenue
(2010)
The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective
(2011)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (63/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
The A.V. Club B [3]
Chicago Tribune 2/4 stars [4]
The Independent 4/5 stars [5]
musicOMH 4/5 stars [6]
PopMatters 7/10 stars [7]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [8]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars [9]
SPIN (7/10) [10]
Uncut 2/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[11]

Lonely Avenue is a collaboration album by American singer-songwriter Ben Folds and English novelist Nick Hornby, and was released in the United States of America on September 28, 2010 by Nonesuch Records.

The album contains eleven new songs featuring music by Folds with lyrics by Hornby. "From Above", the first single, was released on August 6 and is available on the iTunes Store.

The album was leaked on September 18, 2010.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Nick Hornby, all music composed by Ben Folds.

Lonely Avenue
No. Title Length
1. "A Working Day"   1:51
2. "Picture Window"   3:42
3. "Levi Johnston's Blues"   5:16
4. "Doc Pomus"   4:14
5. "Your Dogs"   3:23
6. "Practical Amanda"   3:52
7. "Claire's Ninth"   3:50
8. "Password"   5:21
9. "From Above"   4:04
10. "Saskia Hamilton"   3:06
11. "Belinda"   6:13
Amazon bonus track
No. Title Length
1. "Christian Life"   3:34
iTunes bonus tracks
No. Title Length
1. "Picture Window (Pop version)"   4:04
2. "Things You Think (featuring Pomplamoose)"   3:14
3. "Lonely Avenue Trailer" (music video) 7:15

Personnel[edit]

  • Ben Folds - vocals, piano, bass, drums, Roland Juno, Moog, Hammond, clav, acoustic guitars, wind chimes, ARP string ensemble, percussion, handclaps
  • Joe Costa - handclaps
  • Katie Miller-Heidke - vocals
  • Keir Nuttal - primal screams
  • Jared Reynolds - bass, background vocals
  • Sam Smith - drums, background vocals
  • Chad Chapin - acoustic guitar, primal percussion, percussion, glockenspiel, background vocals
  • Andrew Higley - Wurlitzer, Fender Rhodes, Roland Jupiter, Roland Juno, Moog, French horn, background vocals
  • Paul Buckmaster - string arrangement, conductor
  • David Davidson - violin
  • David Angell - violin
  • Kristin Wilkinson - viola
  • John Catchings - cello


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Lonely Avenue". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  2. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Lonely Avenue - Ben Folds & Nick Hornby". Allmusic. Retrieved September 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ Williams, Christian (September 28, 2010). "Ben Folds & Nick Hornby: Lonely Avenue". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ Kot, Greg (September 27, 2010). "Album review: Ben Folds and Nick Hornby, 'Lonely Avenue'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ Gill, Andy (September 24, 2010). "Album: Ben Folds/ Nick Hornby, Lonely Avenue, Nonesuch". The Independent (London). Retrieved September 30, 2010. 
  6. ^ Murphy, John (September 27, 2010). "Ben Folds & Nick Hornby - Lonely Avenue". musicOMH. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ Conaton, Chris (October 8, 2010). "Ben Folds and Nick Hornby: Lonely Avenue". PopMatters. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ Dolan, Jon (September 27, 2010). "Lonely Avenue". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 30, 2010. 
  9. ^ Lanthier, Joseph Jon (September 22, 2010). "Ben Folds and Nick Hornby: Lonely Avenue". Slant Magazine. Retrieved September 30, 2010. 
  10. ^ Goodman, William (September 25, 2010). "Ben Folds & Nick Hornby, 'Lonely Avenue' (Nonesuch)". SPIN. Retrieved October 19, 2010. 
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (30 September 2013). "Odds and Ends 037". MSN Music. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 

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