Friendly Fire - Sean Lennon
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  • Summary: The singer's first album in eight years includes instrumental help from Jon Brion and Matt Chamberlain, as well as guitarist Harper (son of Paul) Simon.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 92
    A patient, assured album where nearly every sound feels appropriate. [#22, p.93]
  2. Musically and lyrically the album is thoughtful and mature.
  3. 80
    A 10-track masterclass in spectral, psychedelicised pop, it's awash with great tunes and soaring arrangements. [Nov 2006, p.117]
  4. A collection of gentle, sun-kissed pop guaranteed to be easy on the ears.
  5. At first it seems fairly plain, built around Lennon's thin voice (friendly, if lacking fire)....Yet there's more to the album, most explicitly in the spiked words -- troubled, uncertain, seeking security in an impermanent world. [24 Sep 2006]
  6. 60
    The melodies are well-shaped and the lyrics twist their knives elegantly. [Dec 2006, p.174]
  7. He's not so much turning into his father... as his wimpy half-brother Julian. [Nov 2006, p.143]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Feb 18, 2011
    Wonderfully different =) He reminds me of John so much but this album is so modern without being stereotypically modern. I also like how I can't describe his style to my friends Expand
  2. Sep 8, 2011
    This is a decent album that reminds me of a Wes Anderson film that has not yet been made. The comparisons between Sean Lennon and his father are unavoidable; I mean, they're related. I don't understand the criticism that Sean is "trying to hard to be his dad." The lyrics on "Friendly Fire" , "Dead Meat" and "Diamonds" stand out for having well-crafted lines and imagery. The supplemental DVD that comes with most editions of the album transforms the songs into a cohesive artistic expression. Overall, this is more of an "experience" than an album. Expand

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