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These Friends of Mine


Download links and information about These Friends of Mine by Rosie Thomas. This album was released in 2006 and it belongs to Rock, World Music, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist, Contemporary Folk genres. It contains 10 tracks with total duration of 32:56 minutes.

Artist: Rosie Thomas
Release date: 2006
Genre: Rock, World Music, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist, Contemporary Folk
Tracks: 10
Duration: 32:56
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No. Title Length
1. If This City Never Sleeps 2:00
2. Why Waste More Time? 3:46
3. The One I Love 2:53
4. Much Farther to Go 4:19
5. Paper Doll 3:52
6. Kite Song 2:51
7. Songbird 3:09
8. All the Way to New York City 2:40
9. Say Hello 2:21
10. These Friends of Mine 5:05



To call a recording like Rosie Thomas' These Friends of Mine "interesting" seems like a nice way of saying that the album isn't bad, but neither is it anything to write home about. In Thomas' case, then, "intriguing" may be a better adjective. Production-wise, These Friends of Mine zigzags all over the sonic map, from highly processed vocals to live kitchen recordings. Whatever the approach, Thomas' airy vocal style, sometimes balanced by Sufjan Stevens' warmer midrange, delivers ten mostly mellow folk songs, backed by sparse and cleanly separated instrumental arrangements. On the first cut, "If This City Never Sleeps," and "All the Way to New York City," Thomas' voice has been run through a wringer of processors and devices, rendering it a mechanical device sheared of emotion. Her folkie-fairy take on R.E.M.'s "The One I Love" fabricates a dreamy, light-confectionary feel that sounds a little bit like a mid-'60s Donovan recording (had he been a woman) captured on cooler studio equipment. Thomas' version of Fleetwood Mac's "Songbird" proves more straightforward, less a reinterpretation than a respectful cover backed by a light string section. Given the disc's length of 33 minutes, some listeners are going to wonder what happened to the other half of These Friends of Mine; other listeners will be glad that they will not be stuck listening to 30 minutes of filler. Taken as a whole, These Friends of Mine is a mixed bag, a long EP that works great when the song choice and left-of-center recording techniques meld into one, and lackluster when they do not. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi