Album Review: Swimmer by Girl Friday

Album Name: Swimmer
Artist: Girl Friday
Year/Label: 2005 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

I’m a fan of the atmospheric pop and I’d say that Girl Friday falls into this category. But there is also an almost Brit Pop feel to it.

The vocals are done in a sort of echoey fashion that lends itself to the music very nicely.

“Give Over” is a nice opener and gets us going for what’s to come. It also really shows singer, Amanda Dora’s strong vocals.

“Leave No Worry Here” has a nice almost marchy drumbeat to it. Their sound at times recalls the Cocteau Twins, especially on this song.

“Ravaged” makes nice use of the minor chords and notes and key changes. This is probably my favorite track‚Ķtoday anyway. “Leave no Worry” is also grabbing me.

“Meadow Song” reminds me of some of my favorite 80s songs. It’s not outdated, just reminiscent. Nothing wrong with that!

All told, this is a very interesting recording…and I mean that in the best way possible. The vocals are strong, yet sweet at the same time. The songs are well written, catchy without being trite. The musicians here are obviously professional, as is the production, which is quite lush.

A very nice record. This is one that will be in my rotation for some time. Pick it up!

Posted on August 10, 2005

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. Give Over
2. Make My Peace
3. Leave No Worry Here
4. Lost
5. Worthy
6. Ravaged
7. Meadow Song
8. Alone
9. Don’t Know Anything
10. Swimmer
11. 100 Miles

[Girl Friday Official Site]

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