Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Friend Opportunity is adventurous and strange, but not insular. It lets everyone share the triumphant feeling of a puzzle reaching completion.
  3. Though by no means as manic as previous Deerhoof long-players, this is a intriguing record which stands up next to the bewildering excellence of Runners Four.
  4. 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.
  5. Urb
    80
    Deerhoof reveal new shades of interest that beckon future transformations. [Jan/Feb 2006, p.78]
  6. As good as The Runners Four was, Friend Opportunity just might be even better.
  7. 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.
  8. Deerhoof may be more serious this time around, but the music’s still very imaginative and fun.
  9. Alternative Press
    80
    Deerhoof's 13 years of experience have honed their sound to near perfection and is pleasing even to the most critical of ears. [Mar 2007, p.136]
  10. "Friend Opportunity" is arguably Deerhoof's finest album so far, and it ensures the band remains among contemporary pop's most fascinating and forward-thinking artists.
  11. Most of Friend Opportunity... sounds like a pure expression of musical joy.
  12. Mojo
    80
    The overall effect is a bit off-key, ill-defined and generally incomprehensible yet warm and attractive. [Mar 2007, p.100]
  13. It should be maddening, but the trio understand that if you're going to write songs that sound like four songs spliced together, all the constituent parts must be equally enticing.
  14. Q Magazine
    80
    Startlingly original. [Apr 2007, p.117]
  15. Now every track is an intensely creative pop gem, like those brilliant pockets scattered throughout previous releases, refined and condensed.
  16. This doesn’t seem so much a pop internalization of Deerhoof’s unique talent as it is a kind of album-costume where they adorn the talents of other bands.
  17. This is probably Deerhoof’s cutest, most digestible, and instantly appealing album.
  18. The New York Times
    70
    Gone are most of the scratching, scrunching noises that previously signified a low budget, and now there are crisp multitracked vocals. But the band hasn’t gotten any less imaginative. [14 Jan 2007]
  19. Under The Radar
    70
    It seems that the band have finally found an idyllic balance. [#16, p.91]
  20. All in all, the effort has more space, less atmosphere and gets right to the point.
  21. Spin
    70
    Deerhoof's... most ambitious record, but it's also their most familiar. [Feb 2007, p.85]
  22. Unfathomable brilliance from start to finish.
  23. Is it possible to have too many ideas? Quite possibly. Deerhoof is the sound of imagination overdrive.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  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 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. Full Review »
  2. JustinS
    Apr 27, 2007
    6
    Argh! What is this album? The overall album isn't bad, but it's frustratingly inconsistent and track 10 should have been left on Argh! What is this album? The overall album isn't bad, but it's frustratingly inconsistent and track 10 should have been left on the cutting room floor. I guess I'm just too logical to understand "art-rock". Full Review »
  3. DamianM
    Mar 22, 2007
    8
    This is Deerhoof's tightest album yet, and is a great place to start for new fans. It does have a few glitches (Look Away is a bad This is Deerhoof's tightest album yet, and is a great place to start for new fans. It does have a few glitches (Look Away is a bad closer) but the highs will grab you instantly and you'll be saying "Choochoochoobeepbeep" in a high pitched voice before you know it. Deerhoof don't hang around, and you shouldn't either. Get this! Full Review »