Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation

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Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation
Studio album by Funeral for a Friend
Released 13 October 2003
Recorded Chapel Studios, Miloco Studios and Rak Studios (London) in mid-2003
Genre Post-hardcore, melodic hardcore, heavy metal[1][2]
Length 49:36
56:14 (JP Edition)
Label Atlantic, Mighty Atom, Ferret
Producer Colin Richardson
Funeral for a Friend
Funeral for a Friend chronology
Four Ways to Scream Your Name
(2003)
Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation
(2003)
Seven Ways to Scream Your Name
(2003)
Singles from Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation
  1. "Juneau"
    Released: 2003
  2. "She Drove Me to Daytime Television/Bullet Theory"
    Released: 2003
  3. "Escape Artists Never Die"
    Released: 2004

Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation is the debut album by Welsh rock band Funeral for a Friend. It was released on 13 October 2003 through Atlantic Records and was produced by Colin Richardson with co-production by the band themselves. The cover of the album as well as its subsequent singles is based on a small series of paintings by Belgian artist René Magritte titled: "The Lovers".[3]

Upon its release the album received positive reception from critics and was a commercial success. The album was included on NME's album of the year list for 2003,[4] and Rock Sound's 101 Modern Classics list.[5] debuted at number 12 on the UK charts and achieved Gold certifications after a sales of 100,000 a year after its release on 29 October 2004.[6]

Background[edit]

The album features brand-new versions of the songs from their previous extended plays. Tracks like "Red is the New Black", "Juno" (renamed "Juneau"), "She Drove Me To Daytime Television" and "Escape Artists Never Die" were all re-recorded from preceding EP's Four Ways To Scream Your Name and Between Order and Model. Previously, the track "Waking Up" was tentatively titled "Summer's Dead and Buried".

"Rookie of the Year" was featured on the soundtracks of WWE Wrestlemania 21 and Burnout 3: Takedown. "Red Is The New Black" was used in the Torchwood episode "They Keep Killing Suzie".

Release[edit]

In 2012 the band released a live album titled Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation: Live and in Full at Shepherds Bush Empire. The live album was recorded at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London in July 2010.[7] The live performance's setlist featured the debut album in its entirety, plus additional tracks from other albums in its encore.[8] The album was announced in January 2011, with no tentative release date announced but a teaser trailer was posted.[9] The live recording featured guitarist Darran Smith before he left the band in late 2010. He was replaced by Richard Boucher, whom was a member of hardcore punk band Hondo Maclean.[7] The album was released in early April 2012 and was made available through the band's online store to purchase.[10]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (88%)[11]
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
BBC Music (Favourable)[12]
Drowned in Sound 9/10 stars[13]
Exclaim.ca (Favourable)[2]
Music OHM (Favourable)[14]
NME 8/10 stars[15]
Sputnikmusic 4/5[16]

The album received very positive reviews from the British music press upon its release. With NME writer Dan Martin gave the album at 8 out of 10 and praised the album quite considerably calling it a "fearsome debut" and stating that: "It would be unfair on everyone else to call 'Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation' the first great album to come out of all this. But what is true is that this fiery, dynamic hulk of a record will be the first to break properly out into daylight."[15] It was also featured at number 17 in New Musical Express's albums of the year list for 2003.[4]

In 2012, British publication Rock Sound added Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation into their "101 Modern Classics", placed at number 33. They considered the album more of a classic than Sum 41's All Killer No Filler and Botch's We Are the Romans. Stating that "‘Casually Dressed…’ evidences a remarkable young band who, on their debut full-length release, were already the finished article, establishing a sound that continues to define an entire generation."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Funeral for a Friend

No. Title Length
1. "Rookie of the Year"   3:01
2. "Bullet Theory"   3:53
3. "Juneau"   3:38
4. "Bend Your Arms to Look Like Wings"   4:21
5. "Escape Artists Never Die"   5:18
6. "Storytelling"   3:35
7. "Moments Forever Faded"   4:25
8. "She Drove Me to Daytime Television"   3:36
9. "Red Is the New Black"   5:15
10. "Your Revolution Is a Joke"   2:44
11. "Waking Up"   3:59
12. "Novella"   5:50
Total length:
49:36

Personnel[edit]

Funeral for a Friend
  • Gareth Davies - bass, backing vocals
  • Kris Roberts – guitars
  • Matt Davies – lead vocals
  • Ryan Richards – drums, screamed vocals
  • Darran Smith – guitars
Production credits
  • Written and performed by Funeral for a Friend
  • Produced and mixed by Colin Richardson
  • Co-produced by Funeral for a Friend
  • Recorded at Chapel Studios, Rak Studios and Miloco Studios (London)
  • Engineered by Colin Richardson with Matt Hyde, Will Bartle and Richard Woodcraft
  • Mastered by Howie Weinberg at Masterdisc
  • Managed by Craig Jennings and Rod Smallwood for Sanctuary Artist Management
  • Assisted management by Paul Dando
  • Booking by Jeremy Holgersen for the Agency Group
  • A&R by Joel De'Ath
  • Photography by Chris Dunlop
  • Live photography by Anna Gudaniec and George Davison
  • Art design by Barny Bewick for Indium Design, inspired by René Magritte

Singles[edit]

Year Song title Chart position
UK Singles
2003 "Juneau" 19
"She Drove Me to Daytime Television"/"Bullet Theory" 20
2004 "Escape Artists Never Die" 19

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Johnny Loftus. "Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation - Funeral for a Friend". Allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Jasamine White-Gluz (May 2004). "Funeral for a Friend - Casually Dressed & In Deep Conversation • Metal Reviews • exclaim.ca". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "René Magritte’s The Lovers". Knowledge Lost. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Albums and Tracks of the Year for 2003". New Musical Express. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Rock Sound’s 101 Modern Classics: 49 - 25". Rock Sound. Freeway Press. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2012. "The album that dogged the Welsh wonders for the best part of a decade before they finally made their peace with its infinite charms, ‘Casually Dressed…’ evidences a remarkable young band who, on their debut full-length release, were already the finished article, establishing a sound that continues to define an entire generation." 
  6. ^ Harvey, John (8 February 2004). "Funeral for a Friend Interview 2004". leedsmusicscene. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Funeral For A Friend to release new live DVD – video". New Musical Express. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Ryan Minic (10 April 2012). "Funeral For A Friend Release 'Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation' Live DVD". Ryans Rock Show. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Funeral For A Friend DVD Trailer". Rock Sound. Freeway Press. 4 January 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Funeral For A Friend Release "Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation" Live DVD". The PRP. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  11. ^ James Ding. "Funeral for a Friend - Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation - Album Review". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Jack (27 August 2003). "BBC - Music - Review of Funeral For A Friend Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation". BBC Music. BBC. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Peter White. "Funeral For A Friend - Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  14. ^ Vik Bansal (13 October 2003). "Funeral For A Friend - Casually Dressed & Deep In Conversation (Infectious)". Music OHM. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  15. ^ a b Dan Martin (13 October 2003). "Funeral For A Friend: Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation". NME. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Funeral for a Friend - Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation (Sputnikmusic Review)". Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Funeral For A Friend Artist Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  18. ^ a b "Funeral for a Friend ALbum & Song Chart History Billboard 200 Albums". Billboard 200. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  19. ^ "British album certifications – Funeral for a Friend – Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go