Friday Night (album)

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Friday Night
Will Butler - Friday Night (Album cover).jpg
Live album by Will Butler
Released June 17, 2016
Genre Indie rock
Length 51:00
Label Merge
Will Butler chronology
Friday Night

Friday Night is a solo live album by American musician Will Butler, who is also a member of Arcade Fire. It contains live versions of many songs from his debut album Policy as well as five new songs and two of the songs that he recorded for The Guardian in a one-week song-a-day project.[1] The album was released on June 17, 2016 by Merge Records.[2]

Recording and concept[edit]

Most of the songs for Friday Night were recorded at Lincoln Hall in Chicago on June 4, 2015.[2]

The second track "Introduction" features the voice of comedian Jo Firestone. This played into Butler’s press release for the album, saying to "Think of this as a comedy record" because of the comedian’s presence, but also because "it’s an album based on working out ideas in a room full of people, playing off their energy and expectations. It’s about taking complicated emotions and wringing communal joy from them, and then translating that joy onto record".[2]

The artwork was designed by Broad City star Abbi Jacobson.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores

Writing for Exclaim!, Matt Bobkin praised the album’s "weird and ramshackle" feel.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Will Butler.

1."Encore – Tell Me We’re Alright"6:46
3."You Must Be Kidding"3:28
4."Son of God"2:52
5."Sun Comes Up"5:13
6."Madonna Can’t Save Me Now"4:30
7."Something’s Coming"3:08
10."Sing to Me"3:27
11."Public Defender"2:40
12."Take My Side"4:46
13."Encore – Friday Night"7:38



  1. ^ Butler, Will. "Will Butler's song a day". The Guardian. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Friday Night". Merge. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  3. ^ "Arcade Fire's Will Butler Announces Friday Night Live Album". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Bobkin, Matt (June 17, 2016). "Will Butler – Friday Night". Exclaim!. Retrieved August 9, 2016.