Friend And Foe - Menomena
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  • Summary: This second song-based album of unconventional indie-rock from the Portland, Ore. trio marks their Barsuk debut.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. "Friend and Foe" might be the first truly great record of 2007.
  2. 88
    Ranging from the epic to the understated, Menomena manages to be innovative and accessible.
  3. Friend and Foe follows through on the potential of their unique sound, proving their wildly great debut was no fluke.
  4. Menomena now has to be regarded as one of today's more intriguing rock outfits.
  5. Hard to describe but easy to recommend.
  6. Friend and Foe compensates for its occasional melodic malaise with its vigorous, exploratory prosody.
  7. Whereas I am the Fun Blame Monster was unmitigated fun, Friend and Foe attempts something more soberly contemplative. This regrettable attempt at maturity comes off as forced and feigned rendering the band as boring as any other affectedly serious artist.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. AndrewC.
    Aug 31, 2008
    10
    Buy for the stunning album artwork alone! This album (and Menomena) are criminally underrated. Yes it has received mad buzz and accolades but admittedly it's a complex Expand
  2. ChuckJ
    Jan 19, 2007
    10
    It's simply fantastic.
  3. thepelican
    Jan 23, 2007
    10
    These guys are making some of the most innovative music in the indie scene. At a time when so many bands are creating music that, while nice and pretty, sounds like every other indie band, it's refreshing to hear someone like this. IATFBM was not a fluke; Menomena are on their way to something big (relatively speaking, of course). Get this now so that you can say you knew them when they were still indie. Expand
  4. BrandenW
    Jan 20, 2007
    9
    This album achingly reinforces the fact that Menomena is the best band that nobody has ever heard about. The only problem is that it makes you feel bad for ever listening to anything else. Expand
  5. kevink
    Feb 7, 2007
    9
    The bass and drums of this band sound just plain thrilling. The vocals are done in a way I haven't heard before. This is not a band for everybody but I like they're spontaneous brand of songs. Expand
  6. JordanK
    Jan 22, 2007
    8
    There's a couple songs that I consider too silly, but even those I like after a couple listens. Other songs, however, put me in such a state of euphoria. Their sound is amazing; it's all well done but not covered in glitter. You can tell they have talent without them having to show off. I do agree that certain aspects of their sound at certain moments sound like recent (and some late even) Flaming Lips. I think overall, they achieve their own unique sound (which like an published sound nowadays, is observed and incorporated from many previous sounds before it). I particularly like their chord progressions on certain songs like "Duel". Pretty good progressions throughout the album, although on a couple tracks it got a little too minimalist, just going back and forth between a couple chords (even in these songs, there was enough texture in the rest of the sound to justify the minimalism). All in all, great album. I'm way impressed Expand
  7. KeneshaP
    Feb 15, 2007
    2
    After reading all the different reviews saying how original and out-there Menomena were I was expecting something exciting and new. What's so original about this? They sound just like every other indie rock band i've ever heard with a little Beach Boys thrown in on the last track. Give me a break. Expand

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