Lonely Avenue

Lonely Avenue

For Lonely Avenue, piano whiz Ben Folds teamed up with author and music fan Nick Hornby, who provides the record’s lyrics. The two make an excellent collaborative pair, as Folds puts together emotionally resonant arrangements like the heartstring-tugging “Picture Window” to frame Hornby’s evocative words. “From Above” rocks with a kicked-back shuffle as it describes two never-to-meet soulmates, and, over delicate strings, “Belinda” details the heartache of ditching the one you’re with for someone else—only to realize it was the wrong decision.

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