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Jonny [Digipak]

  • 1. Wich Is Wich
    2. Candyfloss
    3. Waiting Around for You
    4. Goldmine
    5. You Was Me
    6. Circling the Sun
    7. English Lady
    8. Good Night, The
    9. Bread
    10. Cave Dance
    11. I Want to Be Around You
    12. I'll Make Her My Best Friend
    13. Never Alone
    14. Gloria
    15. Beach Party
    16. Continental
    17. Michael Angelo
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MRG413

  • Credits
    EngineerPaul Savage

    Personnel: Norman Blake (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, hand claps); Euros Childs (vocals, keyboards, hand claps); Stuart Kidd (drums, hand claps, percussion); Dave McGowan (hand claps).
    Audio Mixers: Euros Childs; Norman Blake; Paul Savage.
    Recording information: Chem19 Studios, Hamilton, Scotland.
    Photographers: Daisy Roth; Michelle McTernan.
    Jonny's 2011 self-titled debut is a collection of bright, literate, and catchy '60s-influenced pop. Perhaps that shouldn't be surprising given that Jonny are a supergroup featuring Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake and former Gorky's Zygotic Mynci frontman Euros Childs along with drummer Stuart Kidd and bassist Dave McGowan. While both Blake and Childs have long evinced a passion for folk-pop and melodic rock, the music they've come up with for Jonny is perhaps that much more bouncy, gleeful, and outright fun than anything they've allowed themselves to be before. To these ends, the spooky fun-time leadoff track "Wich Is Wich," the single "Candyfloss," and the acoustic handclapper "You Was Me" are perfect little psych-pop nuggets that bring to mind a mix of Donovan, early T. Rex, and the Move. Elsewhere, you get the Nick Garrie-sounding ballad "The Good Night" and such other swirly, madcap delights as the baroque pop-inflected "Bread" and the rocking bubblegum cut "Cave Dance." Lest you assume that Jonny are only interested in groovy cartoon-themed fun, there are some really heartfelt moments here in Blake's "Circling the Sun" and Childs' Paul McCartney-styled country ballad "English Lady." ~ Matt Collar

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] playful, eminently enjoyable affair with songs about prehistoric dance crazes and buying cakes."
    Clash (magazine) - "Childs' trademark whimsy is counterbalanced by his partner's melodic ear....A welcome blast of warmth that shows the fires still burn bright."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.83) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The harmonies are honeyed....But what hits first is the briskness of the playing, and the simplicity of the tunes."
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