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Lonely Avenue

Ben Folds & Nick Hornby

Lonely Avenue

LabelNonesuch
VertriebWarner
VÖ-Datum24.9.2010

Zehn Jahre ist es mittlerweile her, seit Ben Folds sich von seinen Five trennte und fortan alleine Musik machte. Entstanden sind in dieser einsamen Zeit unter anderem die jeweils auf ihre Weise großartigen Alben Rockin' The Suburbs und Songs For Silverman. Allerdings gibt es natürlich auch Stimmen, die sagen, dass er besser war, als er noch die Unterstützung einer Band hinter sich hatte.

Keine Band, aber immerhin eine anerkannte Größe, wenn auch nicht unbedingt in Musikerkreisen, ist Nick Hornby. Der Brite bewies ja unter anderem mit High Fidelity, dass er ein wunderbares Gespür dafür hat, wie Musikfreunde fühlen. Man fragte sich immer, wie wohl eine Platte klingen würde, die er selbst geschrieben hätte. Für die - zugegebenermaßen reichlich späte - Beantwortung der Frage sorgt nun wiederum Ben Folds, der Texte von Hornby zu seinem neuen Album Lonely Avenue zusammengeklöppelt hat.

Insgesamt ist dieses natürlich eine Kombination, in die man hohe Erwartungen hat. Und so muss Lonely Avenue eigentlich enttäuschen. Die Hits, die Folds auf jeder seiner Platten zu verstecken wusste, fehlen ganz offensichtlich. Neben dem üblichen Klavier-Pop, der ungefähr 80 Prozent der Platte ausmacht, gibt es gelegentliche Ausflüge in andere Musikrichtungen, wie zum Beispiel das nicht gerade berauschende Saskia Hamilton, das stark elektronische Züge aufweist. Umgekehrt ist Folds aber ganz der Alte, wenn er berührende Hymnen, die einen sofort gefangen nehmen schreibt (Claire's Ninth, Belinda).

Das ändert aber nichts an dem Eindruck, dass Lonely Avenue sein Potenzial nicht ganz nutzt. Dass diese beiden Lieblinge der Popkultur zusammengenommen doch etwas ganz großartiges hätten schaffen können. Und nicht nur eine ganz nette Platte, die deutlich hinter den früheren Werken von Folds zurückbleibt. Doch wahrscheinlich ist das normal, wenn zwei so talentierte Menschen nach so vielen Jahren endlich einmal zusammenarbeiten.

Tracklist:
  1. A Working Day
  2. Picture Window
  3. Levi Johnston's Blues
  4. Doc Pomus
  5. Your Dogs
  6. Practical Amanda
  7. Claire's Ninth
  8. Password
  9. From Above
  10. Saskia Hamilton
  11. Belinda
Highlights:

Levi Johnston's Blues, Practical Amanda, Belinda

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