Frengers

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Frengers
Studio album by Mew
Released April 2003
Genre Alternative rock, shoegazing, art rock, symphonic rock, dream pop
Length 48:43
Label Sony, Epic
Producer Rich Costey
Mew chronology
Half The World Is Watching Me
(2000)
Frengers
(2003)
And The Glass Handed Kites
(2005)
Singles from Frengers
  1. "Comforting Sounds"
    Released: 2003
  2. "Am I Wry? No"
    Released: 2003
  3. "She Came Home for Christmas"
    Released: 2003
  4. "156"
    Released: 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars link
BBC (8/10) link
Drowned in Sound (8/10) link
Gaffa 6/6 stars link
PopMatters (Favorable) link
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars link
Stylus (B+) link
Uncut 4/5 stars link

Frengers is the third album by Danish band Mew, originally released in April 2003.

The title is a portmanteau of the words friend and stranger. A frenger is a person who is "not quite a friend but not quite a stranger" according to the album's accompanying booklet.

Six of the album's ten tracks were previously included on Mew's first two albums Half The World Is Watching Me and A Triumph For Man, both of which saw only limited release until they were subsequently rereleased internationally, but were rerecorded for Frengers. The other four are original recordings. The song "Her Voice Is Beyond Her Years" features vocals from Swedish singer Stina Nordenstam and "Symmetry" features vocals from 14 year old Georgian Becky Jarrett. The Japanese version of Frengers also included the rerecordings of earlier songs, "I Should Have Been a Tsin-Tsi (For You)" and "Wherever".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Am I Wry? No" – 4:54
  2. "156" – 4:55
  3. "Snow Brigade" – 4:22
  4. "Symmetry" – 5:39
  5. "Behind the Drapes" – 3:40
  6. "Her Voice Is Beyond Her Years" – 2:48
  7. "Eight Flew Over, One Was Destroyed" – 4:48
  8. "She Came Home for Christmas" – 3:55
  9. "She Spider" – 4:44
  10. "Comforting Sounds" – 8:58

Japanese edition bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "I Should Have Been a Tsin-Tsi (For You)" – 1:57
  2. "Wherever" – 4:22

Singles[edit]

Year Title UK
Singles Chart
2003 Comforting Sounds 48
Am I Wry? No [b] 47
She Came Home for Christmas [a] 55
156
Notes
  • a^ Re-released in 2000, 2002 and 2003. Peaked at #76 on the UK Singles Chart in 2002.
  • b^ Re-released in 2003. Peaked at #137 on UK Singles Chart on its first release.

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