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Lonely Avenue {Press}

Critical Praise

  • Lonely Avenue: Independent

    “The first of what one hopes will be many collaborations between Folds and Hornby proves to be an intelligent, sometimes amusing, sometimes moving, but always engaging collection of songs, pitched somewhere between Randy Newman and an Anglo-American Divine Comedy. Hornby’s knack for distilling the essence of a situation into a few telling lines is well matched by Folds’s ability to find the apt setting, be it Beach Boy-ish harmonies, Devo-esque electropop or a blend of rippling piano, rattling snare and French horn redolent of New Orleans.”

  • Lonely Avenue: TIME

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    “This is the beauty of Lonely Avenue...each track is a little story, often told in the first person, about what it's like to be a 9-year-old girl, a washed up rockstar, or the world’s most famous hockey-playing teen dad. And in every story, there’s something relatable.”

  • Lonely Avenue: Scotsman

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    “Two great writers, one great album of ‘musical short stories’. Hornby’s pithy, smart lyrics fit the bittersweet Folds’ style perfectly and Folds, in turn, steps up to the plate with some of his most achingly beautiful melodies and arresting arrangements yet.”

  • Lonely Avenue: SPIN

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    “Empathy and humor run throughout: With Folds as his tuneful voice, Hornby describes a prim suburbanite’s tolerance of his porn-watching metalhead neighbor (‘Your Dogs’); laments a singer forced to reprise his only hit about an ex (‘Belinda’); and feels for a wheelchair-bound, Brill Building–era songwriter (‘Doc Pomus’).”

  • Lonely Avenue: Observer

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    “A collection of wry, tender songs that tackles subjects as eclectic as divorce and attack dogs. This is music for the generation that has seen it all, done most of it and is now sitting in the kitchen with a half-empty bottle, wondering what it all meant.”

  • Lonely Avenue: Boston Globe

    “The mere idea of sharp tunesmith Ben Folds partnering with equally clever—and music-minded—novelist Nick Hornby (High Fidelity) to record an album of songs with music by the former and lyrics by the latter is enough to send fans of both into paroxysms of pure pop joy. The execution does not disappoint.”

  • Lonely Avenue: Huffington Post

    “One of the most interesting collaborations of the year...remember, this is Ben Folds, and his recordings always are musically smart. But now, with Nick Hornby on board, they'll also make you think twice.”

  • Lonely Avenue: Atlantic

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    Lonely Avenue is an adventure in genre-crossing and a testament to an artistic friendship. It’s also a collection of 11 rich and unusual songs.”

  • Lonely Avenue: NY Daily News

    “Folds’ music and Hornby’s words make happy, effortless lovers. They’re both elaborate without becoming self-conscious, and eccentric without being perverse.”

  • Lonely Avenue: Spinner

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    Lonely Avenue showcases Hornby’s incisive, character-driven lyrics and Folds’ catchy pop melodies. The two seem to be cut exactly from the same cloth when it comes to their writing—witty and funny in one sense, and poignant and provocative in the other.”

  • Lonely Avenue: MusicOMH

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    “Folds’ finest record yet, and while nobody would dare suggest that Nick Hornby would give up his day job, a sequel to this fascinating collaboration would be more than welcome.”

  • Lonely Avenue: A.V. Club

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    “More sweet than cynical on this outing, Folds and Hornby are perfectly complementary as a pair of smart-asses with sentimental sides.”

  • Lonely Avenue: Philadelphia Daily News

    “What happens when a smart and seasoned American piano man (Ben Folds) puts his keening voice and crafty tunes to the lyrics of a noted British novelist/screenwriter (Nick Hornby) obsessed with pop culture? Great things, a wondrous ride down the paths of Lonely Avenue.”

  • Lonely Avenue: New York Times

    “Witty [and] engaging”

  • Lonely Avenue: BBC

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    “An affecting and intelligent record: the pair shouldn’t shy away from a sequel.”