David Kleijwegt of Holland’s Vrij Nederland magazine talks to Gavin.On working with Scott Walker: “It was quite an honour. But at the same time it was one of the toughest gigs I’ve ever played. I sang accompanied by a 40-men and a band of 15. There were dancers, and a strict choreography. It was all very ambitious. On top of that, the music, from his last two CDs, was very abstract. I often had no idea of the key or pitch. I had nothing to hold on to, but Scott liked it best when I got lost in the music.”
A 3 out of 4 star review from Humo, a popular Belgian weekly.
‘catholic’ ends, fittingly, with the only overtly ‘catholic’ song: ‘Lord, I’m comin”, a reverie on mortality wrapped in a mix between torch song and hymn. Although you could interpret that ‘Lord, I’m comin’, Lord, I’m comin’ in a totally different way, of course.
Brett Warner writes:
Gavin Friday and new right-hand man Herbie Macken have crafted a consistently elegant, intricately arranged, and stunningly beautiful album well worth the long wait. Often threatening to melt your heart, catholic is a continually rewarding piece of work—a towering achievement of classical grandiosity and modern elusiveness. Leave it up to a sly, mildly-reclusive Irishman to deliver one of 2011’s unexpected master works.
Chris Roberts write:
Producer Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, Cocteau Twins) douses the songs (co-written with Herbie Macken) in an orchestral shimmer, the kind of thing Trevor Horn did so well on ZTT Records. If this lends Catholic a hint of retro-polish, there’s a grand scale to the results which pulls them out of period detail and achieves the timelessness of the best noir torch songs. From the yearning grandeur of “The Sun & The Moon & The Stars” to the moving, epic finale “Lord I’m Coming”, a gospel tear-jerker infused with the gutter-optimist spirit of Soft Cell, Friday faces midlife regret head-on and ekes out glimmers of personal triumph.
Documenting the 12-hour exhibition at Dublin’s Gallery of Photography
Gijsbert Kramer from Dutch daily De Volkskrant’ talks to Gavin Friday.“I couldn’t have made catholic if he’d still been alive. In a way most of the songs are about pain, loss, guilt and penance.”
Rather large sleeve display in Dublin’s Celtic Note store on Nassau Street.
(photo: P. Lynch)
A bold statement from Mr Friday in Dublin City Center. Check out the ‘catholic’ display at Tower Records on Wicklow Street. Kudos to Mr Pete Reddy for his work on this display!(Picture by P. Lynch)
Peter Murphy gives ‘catholic’ 4 stars in Hot Press