The first new Friends release since Folk Songs, Special You is a short, sharp blast of intensely romantic pop, and one of the band's most commercial offerings since their first album, featuring a glorious acoustic/electric guitar sound, a driving pop beat and a massive chorus.
Village In My Mind, also taken from the Beautiful You album, is a haunting, nostalgic song about a time frozen early in the last century with the First World War – a kind of musical Picnic At Hanging Rock, about a place that may or may not ever have existed.
Other tracks are Downstream, one of Friends' most unusual songs, almost orchestral in quality, and with minimal vocals (only thirteen words!), and Every Summer, an acoustic version of one of the most popular songs from the band's first album Let's Get Away From It All from 1988, performed solo by singer and guitarist William Jones.
released July 30, 2011
William Jones: voice, acoustic, electric, acoustic 12-string & Spanish guitar, keyboards, bass
Katherine Dow Blyton: voice
Richard Buckton: electric guitar
Jon Kirby: keyboards
Edwin Pearson: bass
Martin Parker: drums, percussion
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