Ben Folds & Nick Hornby – Lonely Avenue (Warner Music Canada)

With author Nick Hornby writing the lyrics to each of the songs on Lonely Avenue, he enlisted the multi-talented Ben Folds to put music to his words. The songs range from standard Folds pop fare (Your Dogs, Claire’s Ninth) to downright silly (A Working Day, Levi Johnston’s Blues) to lush string-filled tracks (Picture Window) that are simply gorgeous. Even though Hornby is behind the words, many of these tracks could have easily been at home on Folds’ last solo record.