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Lonely Avenue by Ben Folds
Released: Sep 2010
Label: Nonesuch
This is a pairing made in music-geek heaven: singer-songwriter Ben Folds on music and novelist Nick Hornby (High Fidelity) on lyrics. Folds' playful piano pop is a fine match for Hornby's poignant pop-culture portraits. A puckish wit powers tracks "A Working Day" ("Some guy on the net thinks I suck/ And he should know, he's got his own blog"), "Levi Johnston's Blues" ("I say mother-in-law, no, we ain't gettin' married") and soulful epic "Password." More moving melodies come with a tribute to bluesman Doc Pomus and a McCartney-esque track about Claire, a young girl dealing with dueling parents.
Stephanie Benson
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