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by the innocence mission

Arguably their best work to date, their new album, Befriended, is a haunting collection of 10 songs that features the interplay of Don\'s gorgeously warm and shimmering electric guitars with Karen\'s transcendently lovely vocals and moving lyrics.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tomorrow on the Runway
4:19 album only
2. When Mac Went Swimming
3:48 album only
3. I Never Knew You From the Sun
3:12 album only
4. Beautiful Change
2:57 album only
5. Martha Avenue Love Song
3:44 album only
6. One for Sorrow, Two for Joy
4:04 album only
7. No Storms Come
1:33 album only
8. Sweep Down Early
4:20 album only
9. Walking Around
4:49 album only
10. Look for Me as You Go By
3:22 album only


Album Notes
the innocence mission ~ Befriended

The members of the innocence mission were still in high school when they became friends and bandmates. Singer-songwriter Karen Peris, her husband, guitarist Don Peris and bassist Mike Bitts first performed together as the stage band for their Lancaster, Pa. Catholic school production of \"Godspell\". Through many recordings and tours, both on their own and with Natalie Merchant, Emmylou Harris and 16 HorsePower, the band has gained legions of devoted listeners. And they have grown immeasurably as songwriters, singers and musicians.

Their new album, \"Befriended\", on San Francisco indie label Badman Recording Co., is among their best and most compelling work. With ten new songs that are memorable and genuinely moving, the album continues t.i.m.\'s progression toward intimate recordings where each note played and sung seems essential. Karen Peris\' hauntingly beautiful voice communicates with immediacy. Her very visual, engaging lyrics have a rare emotional depth and a firm sense of place. Inside them the sadness of loss and longing coexist with hope and joy. A number of the songs seem to be tributes or elegies to beloved friends. In the cinematic opening track, \"Tomorrow On The Runway\", Ms. Peris sings, \"Oh be the music in my head, the air around my bed, oh be my rest, replace the small disgraces of the times and places that I never really left.\" In listening to these songs one hears echoes of regret and longing to change \"a beautiful change\", and surprise at being befriended at all.

Don Peris\' ringing, tremulous electric guitar and Paul Simon - inspired acoustic guitar weave their own soulful melodies around Karen\'s voice. The tracks are further lit by Karen\'s bursts and lines of melodic piano, and they have a rich warmth owing, in part, to the combination of Mike\'s upright bass and Karen\'s baritone acoustic guitar. As with its predecessor, the critically acclaimed, melancholic \"Birds Of My Neighborhood\", the album was produced by the band and recorded by Don.

In describing the innocence mission of recent years one writer suggested that we \"think of an American Astrud Gilberto making a record with Buffalo Springfield\". Their sound is somewhat unique to them and yet comfortingly familiar. Its naturalness has developed over years of growing and changing, and the members of the innocence mission admit it is hard to recognize themselves in their first, eponymous album. Of their singularly un-hip name, Karen says, \"It was so long ago that we chose it but I think the idea was that music can be a shelter, and music is something that is made with pure joy, with purity of intention, purity of heart\".



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This is the first Innocence Mission album I listened to and it is just beautiful - the most gorgeous way to get through a winter - with One for sorrow, two for joy, being the stand out track for me. Heavy coats, snow and a voice with sharp bits and soft bits. Love it.

Marco Lopes (

Only one way to define it...
the innocence mission's "befriended" is the sound of love.


Beautiful voice, great album
The innocence mission...soothing voice pleasantly flows into your ears, pleases your senses, and makes your mind happily wander. I'm very happy with it.

Tom Leppert

Music for Human Beings, rather than Consumers
Another great album you'll never hear on the radio from the Innocence Mission. They continue to write & record songs that are an oasis in a world of stress & strife; music for Humans, rather than consumers. I guess you could say this is another "Winter" album and is similiar in style to "Birds of My Neighborhood" maybe a bit more upbeat, with the addition of keyboard strings on some songs-tasteful & subtle, of course. Kerin Peris is in great voice and the arrangements are subtle & perfect. Standout songs for me are "Tomorrow on the Runway", "When Mac Was Swimming", 'Walking Around", which references lyrics from another song, "Beautiful Change". My fave is the closer, Don Peris's "Look For Me As You Go By" which features a duet between Don & Karen. Their reading of the closing line "It's me for you & you for me" will make you feel good the rest of the day.


Poetic, ethereal, stunning.
Every song on this album is beautiful. I can't help but be reminded of Over the Rhine...a very good connection. The songs blend together well, and each one offers something new. It's the sort of album that has a feel-good quality while being slightly melancholy. My favorite.