Beautiful Friction

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
From the return of Dan K. Brown -- the bassist on all their classic efforts from Reach the Beach 1983 to Ink 1991 -- to its George Underwood cover art the painter whose work adorned Reach the Beach and Phantoms, Beautiful Friction is a return to form for the Fixx, the synth-pop-but-almost-prog-rock group who made socially aware angst fly up the charts in the '80s with "Red Skies," "One Thing Leads to Another," and "Saved by Zero." This reunion effort is without a surefire hit like those, and at first listen, it is a bit light on hooks, but lead single "Anyone Else" is strong enough to beckon any longtime fan's return, and the skeletal, funky workout called "Girl with No ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
From the return of Dan K. Brown -- the bassist on all their classic efforts from Reach the Beach 1983 to Ink 1991 -- to its George Underwood cover art the painter whose work adorned Reach the Beach and Phantoms, Beautiful Friction is a return to form for the Fixx, the synth-pop-but-almost-prog-rock group who made socially aware angst fly up the charts in the '80s with "Red Skies," "One Thing Leads to Another," and "Saved by Zero." This reunion effort is without a surefire hit like those, and at first listen, it is a bit light on hooks, but lead single "Anyone Else" is strong enough to beckon any longtime fan's return, and the skeletal, funky workout called "Girl with No Ceiling" brings to mind the Phantoms era -- kinetic in an "Are We Ourselves" style. While that's all good news, the real surprise here is how Beautiful Friction builds, from the first half's set of politically minded, Occupy Movement-admiring prog for the people, to the second half's blast of the Fixx as quirky new wave attack unit, featuring a whip-smart guitarist Jamie West-Oram, a keyboard whiz Rupert Greenall, a propelling drummer Adam Woods, and a reliable, Bill Wyman-esque bassist Brown. From the whirlwind "Follow That Cab" to the slow-rolling, life-affirming closer "Small Thoughts," vocalist Cy Curnin leads the band on something akin to a mini-Fixx concert that's alive and familiar in feel, even when the material is new. Repeat listens make that initial uphill climb a richer, more purposeful experience, and with everything feeling vital past the halfway point, Beautiful Friction is a win-WIN for fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2012
  • Label: Kirtland Records
  • UPC: 186535006721
  • Catalog Number: 67
  • Sales rank: 51,413

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Anyone Else (3:50)
  2. 2 Just Before Dawn (4:36)
  3. 3 Take A Risk (3:46)
  4. 4 Beautiful Friction (5:43)
  5. 5 What God? (4:14)
  6. 6 Second Time Around (4:16)
  7. 7 Follow That Cab (3:20)
  8. 8 Shaman (4:15)
  9. 9 Something Ahead Of You (6:16)
  10. 10 Girl With No Ceiling (4:03)
  11. 11 Small Thoughts (4:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Fixx Primary Artist
Dan K. Brown Bass
Cy Curnin Vocals
Rupert Greenall Keyboards
Jamie West-Oram Guitar
Adam Woods Drums
Technical Credits
Cy Curnin Composer
Nick Jackson Producer, Engineer
Dave McNair Mastering
George Underwood Paintings, Cover Art
Tommy Moore Art Direction
David Strunk Booking
Barbara Sherry Representation
Rob Dillman Management
Jolyn Matsumoro Publicity
Jack West-Oram Artwork
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