Catholic (album)

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catholic
Studio album by Gavin Friday
Released 2011
Genre Rock / Alternative
Length 51:06
Label Rubyworks
Producer Ken Thomas
Gavin Friday chronology
Shag Tobacco
(1995)
catholic
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Hot Press 4/5 stars[1]
Q 4/5 stars[2]
Mojo 4/5 stars[3]
Uncut 4/5 stars[4]

catholic (released in 2011) is the fourth solo album from Gavin Friday, written and recorded with musician Herbie Macken. It was released in Ireland on Good Friday (22 April),[5] 16 years after the release of his previous album, Shag Tobacco.[6] catholic deals with concepts of letting go and coming to terms with loss.[7] It was produced by Ken Thomas (Throbbing Gristle, Cocteau Twins, Sigur Rós)[8] and recorded in Dublin, Cork and West Yorkshire.[9] Patrick McCabe wrote the novella Requiem for the Dying for the album liner notes.[10][7] The video for "Able" was directed by Kevin Godley.[11]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Able" – 4:47
  2. "Land on the Moon" – 5:07
  3. "A Song that Hurts" – 5:33
  4. "The Only One" – 4:16
  5. "Blame" – 4:54
  6. "The Sun and the Moon and the Stars" – 4:17
  7. "It's All Ahead of You" – 4:34
  8. "Perfume" – 3:34
  9. "Epilogue" – 3:09
  10. "Where'd Ya Go? Gone" – 4:41
  11. "Lord I'm Comin'" – 6:52

Personnel[edit]

  • Gavin Friday – vocals, backing vocals
  • Herbie Macken – keyboards, piano, guitars, backing vocals, piano, programming
  • Kate Ellis – cello
  • Andre Antunes – drums, percussion
  • Gareth Hughes – bass guitars
  • Anthony Drennan – electric guitar
  • Jolyon Vaughan Thomas – programming, electric guitars, bass, keyboards
  • Moya Brennan – backing vocals
  • Amy Odell – vocals, backing vocals
  • John Kelly – harmonica

Album title[edit]

The album's title is deliberately spelled with a lower case c to emphasise the word's original meaning: universal, for every man, with wide sympathies.[6][12] Friday stated he wanted to claim back the word from the Roman Catholic church.[13]

Album cover[edit]

The album's cover photo is based on and pays homage to the painting Michael Collins, Love of Ireland [14] by Sir John Lavery which depicts Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins lying in state. Friday had seen the painting at the Sir John Lavery “Passion and Politics” exhibit[15] in Dublin at the Hugh Lane Gallery in September 2010.[13] The photo was taken by Perry Ogden.[16] Although the image sets up parallels between the turmoil of the birth years of the Ireland and the mid-2000s state of upheaval and political chaos, Friday has stated that this is “an emotional, not a political, album”.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murphy, Peter. "Review: A haunting contemplation of the aging process". Hot Press. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Moody, Paul. "Review: catholic – Gavin Friday". Q. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Aston, Martin. "Review: catholic – Gavin Friday". Mojo. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Trousse, Stephen. "Review: catholic – Gavin Friday". Uncut. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Gavin Friday – catholic – the forthcoming album". GavinFriday.com. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  6. ^ a b Ian Maleney (ed.). "So, do you still think I’m a punk?". state.ie. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  7. ^ a b Caroline van Oosten de Boer (ed.). "catholic – the new album by Gavin Friday". gavinfriday.com. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  8. ^ Rubyworks (ed.). "Gavin Friday". Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  9. ^ Barry Egan, ed. (24 April 2011). "The Singing Flame: Gavin Friday and his fight for Irish freedom". state.ie. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  10. ^ "Gavin and Me by Pat McCabe". Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  11. ^ Gavin Friday (8 July 2011). "Gavin Friday – Able – HD". YouTube. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Catholic | Define Catholic at Dictionary.com". Dictionary.reference.com. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  13. ^ a b Mike Farragher (ed.). "Thank God It’s Friday – Gavin Friday’s first album in 16 years". irishcentral.com. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  14. ^ "John Lavery: Passion and Politics". IrishAnnals.com. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  15. ^ "Sir John Lavery: Passion and Politics". Hugh Lane Gallery. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  16. ^ Brian Boyd, ed. (18 February 2011). "catholic – Gavin Friday cover art plays patriot's game with catholic tastes". Irish Times. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  17. ^ "‘catholic’ – An Exposition". Gallery of Photography. Retrieved 2011-06-18.