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Also available in a Deluxe Edition that includes the album on CD, four short stories by Hornby, and 15 images by acclaimed photographer Joel Meyerowitz, all in a hardbound, 152-page book.
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This is, however, an album you need to pay a lot of attention to if you want to get the most out of it. Rockin the Suburbs has some great lyrics, but you don't need to listen to the words to have fun with it. The songs are bouncy and catchy, which is something that can't be said as much about Lonely Avenue. The songs aren't quite as instantly catchy, but I would not put that against the "quality" of the songs at all. It's just a bit more of a grower, mainly because you have to pay close attention to how the music plays off the words to really FEEL the album like you're supposed to. Once it clicks, you're going to find yourself lost in this record. It's the most stylistic thing he's done since Reinhold Messener, way back in 99'.Read more ›
That said, I want to focus on this album as it stands alongside his other material. Ben's mainstream music remains my favorite. Albums like "Ben Folds Five", "Whatever and Ever Amen", "Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner", "Rockin' the Suburbs", "Songs for Silverman" and "Way to Normal" are all stellar releases and should be in any fans collection. Heck, we'll even throw in "Naked Baby Photos" and "Supersunnyspeedgraphic" because they were mainstream collections of indy EPs.
However, he has released a series of "concept" album projects that only die hard fans will appreciate. These albums (in order) being "Fear of Pop", his William Shatner collaboration "Has Been", and "Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella". But with "Lonely Avenue", he has taken a concept and made it work for the everyday listener.
As he has progressed, each concept album seems to get better. "Fear of Pop" is almost unlistenable to anyone but die hard fans. It's biggest accomplishment being that Ben worked with Shatner on the track "In Love", which led to their work on "Has Been". "Has Been" was mostly a collection of spoken word pieces by Shatner with music by Folds. Memorable tracks from that include a cover of the song "Common People" by Pulp, and a track called "That's Me Trying" which was co-written by Ben and Nick Hornby (see where this is leading). "University A Cappella" is a series of Ben Folds covers by different Acappella groups (fun, but not outstanding). And finally, we land at "Lonely Avenue".
With this album, concept goes mainstream as Hornby provides the words and Folds the music.Read more ›
I also love soccer (I don't care what you foreigners think, in the USA, it's called soccer. If you Brits didn't want us calling it soccer, then you should not have invented the word soccer). So I had heard of Nick Hornby, because of Fever Pitch, but never read anything of his. I really enjoyed his lyrics, especially on the tack Belinda.
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This is a very good album. A good addition to your Ben Folds library.Published 13 months ago by Matt&Mary
I went to another world. This album is so clear on vinyl. Ben Folds and Nick Hornby have done a wonderful, wonderful job on this. The pressing of the vinyl is good quality as well.Published on April 30, 2014 by Stephen
I liked this album more than I probably should have. As a collaborative effort with Folds putting someone else's lyrics to music, it's a bit of a departure from his "do it... Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by dancinhomer
Didn't know what to think of this at first. Turned out to really like it. It's subtle, but just as good as many of the others.Published on December 13, 2013 by Bill Hicks
i think this was the first ben folds i ordered on amazon. it was totally not what i expected but the next was a lot closer (rocking subrbs) cd came fast in awesome conditionPublished on May 13, 2013 by douglas vining
Music is Serious but not depressing. Singer has a mellow voice. some / enough uplifting bounce. Very nice easy listening.Published on February 28, 2013 by B. Lipiew
How can it NOT be awesome!?!? One of the best vocalist/piano players of our day, possibly the most original musician in the 1900's with only Elton John to compete with.Published on December 4, 2012 by Bad Horse