Lonely Avenue, by Ben Folds and Nick Hornby

Lonely Avenue recalls beautiful-mess collaborations along the lines of Van Dyke Parks and Brian Wilson.

Privileged, by Nick Moss

Chicago mints blues artists like a factory spits out widgets. Not all of them pass inspection, but Nick Moss has passed the tests of time and substance, and here he delivers a potent working-man's blues-rock blend. His version of Chester Burnett's "Louise" is a bare-fisted boogie with just a touch of southern-rock swagger.