Lonely Avenue (Ben Folds and Nick Hornby album)

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Lonely Avenue
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 28, 2010
GenreAlternative rock
LabelNonesuch Records
Ben Folds chronology
Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella!
Lonely Avenue
The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubB[3]
Chicago Tribune2/4 stars[4]
The Independent4/5 stars[5]
musicOMH4/5 stars[6]
PopMatters7/10 stars[7]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[9]
Uncut2/5 stars[1]

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 11 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.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Nick Hornby; all music is composed by Ben Folds.

Lonely Avenue
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
9."From Above"4:04
10."Saskia Hamilton"3:06
Amazon bonus track
1."Christian Life"3:34
iTunes bonus tracks
1."Picture Window (Pop version)"4:04
2."Things You Think (featuring Pomplamoose)"3:14
3."Lonely Avenue Trailer" (music video)7:15


  • Ben Folds – vocals, piano, bass, drums, Roland Juno, Moog, Hammond, clav, acoustic guitars, wind chimes, ARP string ensemble, percussion, handclaps
  • Joe Costa – handclaps
  • Kate Miller-Heidke – vocals
  • Keir Nuttall – 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


  1. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Lonely Avenue". Metacritic. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  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.

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