All bubble-pop, breakbeats, and xylophones, Friend I Once Had was a step forward from the fey gestures Club 8 had once been known for. The demure indie rock that had fertilized 1996's Nouvelle was given an acoustic disco makeover and it gave the band a new level of credibility. Vocalist Karolina Komstedt was as sweet as ever, but it was Johan Angergård who seemed most responsible for the change, embedding a warmth into the album that borrowed equally from Vangelis, British strum'n'bass, and happy/sad Neil Tennant ballad construction.
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AllMusic Review by Dean Carlson