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Ben Folds: 'Lonely Avenue' — 4.5 out of 5 stars

Tags: Music

Ben Folds has returned with his fourth solo album, Lonely Avenue, and most fans of Folds are saying, “FINALLY!”

On Lonely Avenue, Folds teamed up with novelist Nick Hornby. Hornby, known for novels like “High Fidelity” and “Fever Pitch,” wrote many of the lyrics for the songs on the album.

One of the highlights of this album include “Levi Johnston’s Blues,” which pokes fun at Bristol Palin’s baby daddy, using that “Ben Folds’ humor” that should be familiar to many fans.

“A Working Day,” “Your Dogs” and “ “From Above” are fun and upbeat songs that will get listener’s fingers tapping and are easy to sing along with. And they give the album decent variety, as Folds brought along the familiar “piano ballad” sound that made him popular. With songs like “Claire’s Ninth,” “Practical Amanda,” “Picture Window,” “Password” and “Belinda,” fans will not be disappointed.

What is really great about this album is that it has layered sound, meaning it uses many different instruments and sounds in every song. This technique is full and really does increase the timbre.

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