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Album Review

The debut album from Hamburg, Germany-based singer/songwriter duo BOY, 2011's Mutual Friends, is a melodic, often introspective album grounded in the group's poignant, emotionally resonant, female-centric point of view. Centered around the talents of Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass, BOY are ostensibly a folk-pop duo, but with backing from a handful of keyboardists, guitarists, and drummers — including, on a few tracks, Phoenix's Thomas Hedlund — they find a nice balance between the lightly experimental, catchy pop of Feist and the more twee-confessional style of Regina Spektor. What helps BOY rise above their similarly inclined female contemporaries is their knack for memorable pop songcraft that moves from the intimate, minor-key sound of cuts like "Railway" to more breezy, radio-ready tracks such as the cheekily titled '70s pop of "Oh Boy." With shimmering melodic lines and a pleasant, natural production approach, many of the songs on Mutual Friends find an immediate home in your ears that's as cozy as it is bittersweet. Part of this is due to Steiner and Glass' gift for writing lyrics that seem to capture what life is like for many women in their twenties. There is a recurring theme of newly discovered female freedom and sexual identity on the album that finds BOY thinking about such universally relatable "firsts" as getting an apartment ("This Is the Beginning"), working a day job ("Waitress"), falling in love ("Little Numbers"), and leaving home ("Drive Darling"). In the last example, Steiner sings "The trunk is filled with records and books and chairs and clothes/I'm smiling on the surface/I'm scared as hell below," and, later, "Good morning freedom, good night lullabies." Whether saying goodbye to a lover, or a parent, or perhaps even falling in love with each other, this BOY is forever on the cusp of becoming a woman.

Customer Reviews


Waiitng for this album to hit the U.S. iTunes store has been an absolutely agonizing wait. It's one of the most beautiful, brilliant, incredible records I've ever had the joy of listening to.


I've been following this talented duo for a year and a half now, and I'm so happy for all of their success. This album is perfect for long drives, conversation, or even serious introspection. I look forward to all their future success, and cannot wait to finally see them live!

For fans of Tegan and Sara

This song is great for fans of indie rock bands such as Tegan and Sara.


Formed: 2007 in Hamburg, Gemany

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Female singer/songwriter duo BOY are based in Hamburg, Germany. Singer Valeska Steiner (who is originally from Zurich, Switzerland) and musician Sonja Glass met in 2005 at Hamburg's Hochschule für Musik und Theater (University of Music and Theater) and formed the band in 2007. After playing numerous concerts, the group was noticed by Herbert Grönemeyer, who signed the duo to his Grönland label in 2011. After the release of an acoustic EP titled Hungry Beast, BOY's folk-pop debut album, Mutual Friends,...
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