Does what it says on the tin: the second album from this quirky
West Country pop rock act depicts a kindly yokel communing with little birds
(the feathered variety). Entertainments entitled 'Lummy Days', 'Anyone For
Tennis', 'Syracuse The Elephant' and 'Teatime' reside within.
"Friendliness", in short, is of another time: a delightful dip into a world
of whimsical middle England pastorality in which key writers and eccentrics
Andy Davis and James Warren gently lampoon blazered-Britishness with a
knowing giggle. The prolific pair had most of these melodies already worked
into a proficient vaudevillian live act which ensured a ready and
enthusiastic audience for this release which the band delivers with the air
of sweet-natured ruritanial Bonzos. With flourishes of flute and violin
melting into keyboards sweeping over a rock bed, the warm and rich melodies
of "Friendliness"spare much introspection and pack instead some epic moments
spanning progressive, folk rock and Palm Court orchestra to individual
effect. Bonus tracks of equally high quality in unused sessions material and
a single round off a work of charm, warmth and engaging period naivety.
Topping stuff, indeed.