Following in the mighty footsteps of Orange Juice and Aztec Camerafellow Scots Friends Again looked to combine the grandeur of Bowie -style rock, the jingle jangle of folk-rock, and the bouncing rhythms of funk and disco. Unlike those bands, their career ended almost before it started and their one album, Trapped and UnwrappedSunkissed - Friends Again - Trapped And Unwrapped released until after they split La Première Étoile - Mireille Mathieu - Mireille Mathieu. It's a lovely slice of sophisticated pop that definitely deserves its status as something of a lost classic.
Far slicker than Orange Juice and less poetic than Aztec Camerathe band have a more commercial and smoothed-down sound. The production on the album is full and rich featuring skillfully layered keyboards, twanging guitars, nimble bass lines, and even strings arranged by the legendary Paul Buckmaster. Add expressive Bowie -influenced vocalist Chris Thomson and the result is closer to the lush sound of new romantic bands like ABC or the peppy feel of new wave than it is to gloomy post-punk.
There are some songs that do come across like a cleaned up OJ -- the rollicking "Lullaby No. Trapped and Unwrapped is top-shelf guitar pop made with precision and heart; it's a more fully formed LP than anything their contemporaries managed to put together, and it gave the bands that followed in their wake -- like Lloyd Cole and the Commotionsfor one -- a very high bar to try and climb over.
Friends Again may have flamed out too soon, but the album they left behind is a timeless guitar pop classic. Sunkissed - Friends Again - Trapped And Unwrapped remixes are pretty close to the originals -- nothing too drastically different. The best additions are the three demos recorded by the group just before they split in ; they show that the band were poised to make another great album if only lack of success and disappointment hadn't brought their run to a close.
Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. 2 Bad (Refugee Camp Mix) - Michael Jackson - Blood On The Dance Floor - HIStory In The Mix Videos All Posts.
Main Album Trapped and Unwrapped Release Date December 6, Label Cherry Red. Release Info Studio Recording. Track Listing - Disc 1. Lucky Star. Friends Again.
Lullaby No. Chris Thomson. Vaguely Yours. Skip the Goldrush. State of Art. Swallows in the Rain. South of Love. Old Flame. Honey at the Core Reprise. Moon 3 Has Gone. Honey at the Core [Extended Mix]. Sunkissed [Extended Version]. South of Love [12" Version].
State of Art [Remix]. Track Listing - Disc 2. Lucky Star [Moonboot Version]. Dealing in Silver. State of Art [12" Version]. Winked At. State of Art [Instrumental]. Honey at the Core [Long Version]. Snow White. Sunkissed [New Version]. Wand You Wave. Thank You for Being an Angel. Bird of Paradise. Why Don't You Ask Someone. A Reader Decides [Demo]. Caller [Demo]. Tomboy Chris Thomson. State of Art Chris Thomson. Old Flame Chris Thomson. Honey at the Core Reprise Chris Thomson.
State of Art [Remix] Chris Thomson. State of Art [12" Version] Chris Thomson. Winked At Chris Thomson. State of Art [Instrumental] Chris Thomson. Snow White Chris Thomson. Caller [Demo] Chris Thomson.
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