Mutual Friends

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The debut album from Hamburg, Germany-based singer/songwriter duo BOY, 2011's Mutual Friends, is a melodic, often introspective album grounded in the group's poignant, emotionally resonant, female-centric point of view. Centered around the talents of Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass, BOY are ostensibly a folk-pop duo, but with backing from a handful of keyboardists, guitarists, and drummers -- including, on a few tracks, Phoenix's Thomas Hedlund -- they find a nice balance between the lightly experimental, catchy pop of Feist and the more twee-confessional style of Regina Spektor. What helps BOY rise above their similarly inclined female contemporaries is their knack for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The debut album from Hamburg, Germany-based singer/songwriter duo BOY, 2011's Mutual Friends, is a melodic, often introspective album grounded in the group's poignant, emotionally resonant, female-centric point of view. Centered around the talents of Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass, BOY are ostensibly a folk-pop duo, but with backing from a handful of keyboardists, guitarists, and drummers -- including, on a few tracks, Phoenix's Thomas Hedlund -- they find a nice balance between the lightly experimental, catchy pop of Feist and the more twee-confessional style of Regina Spektor. What helps BOY rise above their similarly inclined female contemporaries is their knack for memorable pop songcraft that moves from the intimate, minor-key sound of cuts like "Railway" to more breezy, radio-ready tracks such as the cheekily titled '70s pop of "Oh Boy." With shimmering melodic lines and a pleasant, natural production approach, many of the songs on Mutual Friends find an immediate home in your ears that's as cozy as it is bittersweet. Part of this is due to Steiner and Glass' gift for writing lyrics that seem to capture what life is like for many women in their twenties. There is a recurring theme of newly discovered female freedom and sexual identity on the album that finds BOY thinking about such universally relatable "firsts" as getting an apartment "This Is the Beginning", working a day job "Waitress", falling in love "Little Numbers", and leaving home "Drive Darling". In the last example, Steiner sings "The trunk is filled with records and books and chairs and clothes/I'm smiling on the surface/I'm scared as hell below," and, later, "Good morning freedom, good night lullabies." Whether saying goodbye to a lover, or a parent, or perhaps even falling in love with each other, this BOY is forever on the cusp of becoming a woman.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2013
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • UPC: 067003097321
  • Catalog Number: 30973
  • Sales rank: 29,872

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 This is the Beginning (3:29)
  2. 2 Waitress (3:12)
  3. 3 Army (3:14)
  4. 4 Little Numbers (3:39)
  5. 5 Drive Darling (4:22)
  6. 6 Railway (3:57)
  7. 7 Waltz for Pony (3:40)
  8. 8 Boris (3:18)
  9. 9 Oh Boy (3:35)
  10. 10 Skin (4:04)
  11. 11 Silver Streets (5:29)
  12. 12 July (5:50)
  13. 13 Little Numbers (3:42)
  14. 14 Oh Boy (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
BOY Primary Artist
Eric Darken Vibes
David Angell Violin
John Catchings Viola
David Davidson Violin
Kris Wilkinson Viola
Tim Lauer Conductor
Thomas Hedlund Drums
Marcel Römer Percussion, Drums
Valgeir Sigurðsson Horn Engineer
Stefðn Jón Bernharðsson French Horn
Helgi Hrafn Jónsson Trombone, Conductor
Thomas Hahn Guitar
Ari Bragi Kárason Trumpet
Timothy Buzbee Tuba
Jessica Buzbee Trombone
Philipp Steinke Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Carl-Michael Grabinger Drums
Bela Brauckmann Drums
Sonja Glass Organ, Banjo, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Cello, Vocals, Group Member
Valeska Steiner Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Melodica, Group Member
Marco Möller Percussion
Taco Van Hettinga Clarinet
Jule Escherhaus Choir, Chorus
Deniz Erarslan Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Christian Kreutzer Banjo
Technical Credits
Kai Blankenberg Mastering
Hendrik Ostrau Drum Engineering
Guy Sternberg Drum Engineering
Adrian Stern Composer
Bernhard Hahn Drum Engineering
Helgi Hrafn Jónsson Arranger
Mario Lombardo Artwork
Philipp Steinke Programming, Producer, Engineer, Loop, Instrumentation
Jens Dreesen Mastering
Inga Seevers Cover Photo
Sonja Glass Programming
Valeska Steiner Composer
BOY Composer
Frieder Weiss Engineer
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