I Love My Friends

I Love My Friends

by Stephen Duffy
     
 
Stephen Duffy (or Duffy, as he prefers to be known on this release) put together an almost perfect album with this one. Following a year of difficulty securing a record deal (the alternate title of this CD is Looking for a Deal), Duffy took his management into his own hands and recorded this CD with a few friends: XTC's

Overview

Stephen Duffy (or Duffy, as he prefers to be known on this release) put together an almost perfect album with this one. Following a year of difficulty securing a record deal (the alternate title of this CD is Looking for a Deal), Duffy took his management into his own hands and recorded this CD with a few friends: XTC's Andy Partridge, Aimee Mann, Blur's Alex James, and Elastica's Justin Welch (Duffy formed a side project with James and Welch called Me Me Me). The result is everything good about Britpop. The CD begins with "Tune In," a short piece of a radio dial being tuned to various songs from Duffy's long, somewhat complicated career. This basically sets the tone for this seemingly autobiographical, almost confessional album. Musically, Duffy seems to be leaning toward his Lilac Time days, which means it is more folk than dance (in fact, "Twenty Three" sounds very similar to "Return to Yesterday"). Duffy's voice is in fine form, and lyrically it is in the same vein as Lennon's Plastic Ono Band, and Dylan's Blood on the Tracks. At times, a difficult CD to listen to ("Postcard" certainly brings a lump to the throat), but it is refreshing to hear an artist reflect on his life, both professionally and personally. There is not a weak track on the CD, and although it has a folky tinge to it, it still features some of the finest pop melodies to be written in the '90s. "What If I Fall In Love With You" and "You Are" have tunes that after just one listening stick in your memory. This is intelligent music, accessible to most, and it serves as an excellent introduction to Duffy. Expertly produced (by Duffy and Stephen Street, and Andy Partridge), and extremely well recorded, it has a warm sound while utilizing '90s technology. A well-crafted album which not only survives repeated listenings, but almost cries out for constant attention, which is well deserved. Collectors take note: the Japanese version (on the Quattro label) features a bonus track ("Hey Kat"), and the Canadian version (on the Page label) also features a bonus track ("Mao Badge"), both found on various singles.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2001
Label:
Cooking Vinyl
UPC:
0711297154429
catalogNumber:
1544

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stephen Duffy   Primary Artist,Organ,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Andy Partridge   Bass,Background Vocals,String Machine
Aimee Mann   Drums,Vocals
Alex James   Bass
Dave Mattacks   Drums
Ivan McCready   Cello
Ric Menck   Drums
Justin Welch   Drums
Dave Heath   Flute
Anna Piva   Bass
Duke Quartet   Strings
Kat Hencken   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part,Spoken Word
London Metropolitan Ensemble   Strings
John Metcalfe   Viola
James Powell   Drums
Rick Koster   Violin

Technical Credits

Stephen Duffy   Producer
Andy Partridge   Producer
Caroline Dale   String Arrangements
Barry Hammond   Engineer
Stephen Street   Producer
Andy Strange   Engineer
John Smith   Engineer
John Metcalfe   String Arrangements
Chris Brown   Engineer

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >