Familial (album)

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Studio album by Philip Selway
Released 30 August 2010
Recorded 2001 (2001)–2010 (2010)
Genre Folk rock[1]
Length 32:43
Label Bella Union
Producer Ian Davenport
Philip Selway chronology
Running Blind

Familial is the debut solo studio album by English musician Philip Selway, best known as the drummer of alternative rock band Radiohead. It was released on 30 August 2010 in the United Kingdom. The album contains ten tracks written by Selway, and collaborations with various musicians.[2][3]

On 1 July 2010, Selway streamed the opening track from the album, "By Some Miracle", from the newly set-up website, in addition to offering a free, high-quality download of the track via e-mail.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [5]
BBC (favourable) [6]
Drowned In Sound 5/10[7]
BLARE 3.5/5 stars [8]
Pitchfork Media (4.9/10) [9]
One Thirty BPM (68%) [10]

Andy Kellman of Allmusic complimented the album's lyrics saying they "soothed rather than seethed" and wrote that "subtle, touching albums like this should be made more often".[5] A mixed review from Pitchfork Media described "Familial" as a "modest, mannered record that prizes directness, simplicity and bittersweet sentiment above all, sometimes successfully, sometimes not."[9]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received a score of 66, based on 18 critics, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[11]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "By Some Miracle" – 2:37
  2. "Beyond Reason" – 2:52
  3. "A Simple Life" – 3:14
  4. "All Eyes on You" – 2:31
  5. "The Ties That Bind Us" – 3:41
  6. "Patron Saint" – 3:27
  7. "Falling" – 3:13
  8. "Broken Promises" – 3:01
  9. "Don't Look Down" – 5:03
  10. "The Witching Hour" – 2:54
  11. "Running Blind" (iTunes & Japan Bonus Track)
  12. "What Goes Around (Demo)" (iTunes & Japan Bonus Track)