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  • Summary: This is the first album for the San Francisco experimental rock outfit since the departure of guitarist Chris Cohen.
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Here are nine really communicative almost-pop songs, subdued but no less ambitious follow-ups to similar tendencies on 2005’s The Runners Four.
  2. Deerhoof, an indie band who have released plenty of discombobulated pop and no wave albums, have lately turned toward accessible, foot-stomping rock. It worked on The Runners Four, but it works better and quicker on their new album, Friend Opportunity.
  3. Longtime fans might lament the loss of a second guitar and the balls-out thrashing that sometimes came with it, but on certain levels it may be a blessing in disguise. A leaner Deerhoof allows other facets of the band to shine, most notably Greg Saunier's drum work.
  4. As good as The Runners Four was, Friend Opportunity just might be even better.
  5. All in all, the effort has more space, less atmosphere and gets right to the point.
  6. Is it possible to have too many ideas? Quite possibly. Deerhoof is the sound of imagination overdrive.
  7. These are "rock songs" in Ned Rorem's dreams -- they're as ornate as a high-class geisha house.

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  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
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  1. UriS
    Feb 21, 2007
    10
    This album is definately among Deerhoof's best. It fails to dissapoint. It is rapidly changing to include new ideas for thirty six and a half minutes, and never becomes repetitive or boring. Nobody should be afraid of this album because Deerhoof has been labeled "experimental." It is very accesable and interesting. This album is amazing, and I would definately reccomend it to anyone, whether or not they have previously listened to Deerhoof or any other "experimental" artists. Expand
  2. bigbob
    Jan 23, 2007
    10
    excellent!
  3. ScottF
    Feb 19, 2007
    9
    It is a more focused album than The Runners Four, and probably their best work yet.
  4. paul
    Feb 4, 2007
    8
    definitely their most accessible record to date - which is not a bad thing at all. for the people out there interested in getting into deerhoof - don't listen to mike s. or todd w. how can you even compare sondre lerche to deerhoof? don't get me wrong, i like sondre lerche, but his sound is homogenous. deerhoof are challenging AND entertaining - what all good music should be. Expand
  5. EricC
    Mar 1, 2007
    8
    Hmm. I'm conflicted. On the one hand, Deerhoof delivers smooth toons with dreamlike vocals that are a blast to listen to. On the other hand, they sometimes seem to be trying too hard to be an abstract indie band. They seem like they are capable of just unleashing some amazing rock if they stopped trying so hard. But even with that, I enjoyed all of the album. They have their own sound (I know, it sounds like I'm contradicting myself, but trust me, I'm not) which is something that is just too hard to come by. Definately worth buying, though you should listen to some samples to see if their sound is something you can swallow (some people can't, unfortuanately for them). Expand
  6. YigitA
    Feb 21, 2007
    8
    I think it is unfair to say that Deerhoof sounds like all the other indie bands and treat Deerhoof as just another member of the bunch because Deerhoof has been making this eerily beautiful music since 13 years. Expand
  7. mikes.
    Jan 28, 2007
    5
    not a good album by any means. It has no focus and only people with ADD might enjoy the random shifts in production arrangements and structure. They do nothing to separate themselves from any other indie release I've heard this year. When did "indie" music become a genre so that all the indie bands have similar production and vocal styles? Seriously, remember when all the punk pop release lead singers all had fake british accents. Now we indie singers that all sound soft spoken and nasal. It's a shame that indie has become so predictable. For a much better demonstration of indie music listen to the new Sondre Lerche "phantom punch" Expand

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