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lonely avenue  {press}

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

“Obsessive pop-music fans will fall hard for Lonely Avenue.”

“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.”

“The collaboration clicks: There’s a depth to the lyrics rare in pop songs, and they inspire top-notch work from the ever-inventive Folds … Hornby’s lyrics are smart, profane, violent, poignant, hilarious and absolutely true.”