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All Music Guide - Lisa M. Smith
With 2003's Befriended, the Innocence Mission continue the organic, supremely tasteful folk-pop first crafted on 1999's Birds of My Neighborhood. Added to the wood-and-glass aesthetic are occasional traces of ambient synth strings, or a sun-soaked, delirious vibrato guitar. Lyrics of timorous optimism and familial devotion are woven into cascades of upright bass, brushes and tambourine, the tinkling ghost of a piano, and the snowy hollow-body electric guitar of Don Peris. Primary songwriter Karen Peris' impeccable sense of melody is carried out by her distinct voice, one of delicate timbre and piercing purity. The mood ranges from the breezy continental jazz of "When Mac ...
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All Music Guide - Lisa M. Smith
With 2003's Befriended, the Innocence Mission continue the organic, supremely tasteful folk-pop first crafted on 1999's Birds of My Neighborhood. Added to the wood-and-glass aesthetic are occasional traces of ambient synth strings, or a sun-soaked, delirious vibrato guitar. Lyrics of timorous optimism and familial devotion are woven into cascades of upright bass, brushes and tambourine, the tinkling ghost of a piano, and the snowy hollow-body electric guitar of Don Peris. Primary songwriter Karen Peris' impeccable sense of melody is carried out by her distinct voice, one of delicate timbre and piercing purity. The mood ranges from the breezy continental jazz of "When Mac Was Swimming" to the stark, tragic poeticism of the minor-keyed "I Never Knew You From the Sun"; the yearning, masterful chord changes of "Martha Avenue Love Song" to the sorrowfully patriotic love of "Look for Me as You Go By" at the album's resolution. "No Storms Come" is reprised technically re-released from the 2000 devotional collection Christ Is My Hope. As usual, quality and individuality suffuse all angles of this installation to the Innocence Mission catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2003
  • Label: Badman Records
  • UPC: 709363697123
  • Catalog Number: 971

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Innocence Mission Primary Artist
Mike Bitts Bass
Don Peris Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Karen Peris Organ, Guitar, Piano, Strings, Vocals
Technical Credits
Don Peris Composer, Engineer
Karen Peris Composer
J.J. Golden Mastering
Nyree Watts Cover Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best album to date.

    Befriended is like the beauty of sunlight on a winter day: melancholic and effecting. The best example of this is the opener "Tomorrow on the Runway", which is the first of many quietly centered songs on this album that don't need to shout to hold your rapt attention. These songs wander through the dark of troubles in a fragile and, well, innocent way, as though one breath might break them. But this zoomed-in focus on everyday life helps make the music even more effecting. Karen Peris' lyrical ponderings are perfect for a December afternoon of quiet reflection.

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