Friendly Fire

  • Record Label: Capitol
  • Release Date: Oct 3, 2006
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35

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  1. JohnB
    Nov 6, 2006
    6
    The songs are reasonably good. However, his vocals seem a little monotonous and lack expression. To me he sounds more like Emitt Rhodes than Elliot Smith, who incidentally was always compared to McCartney, not Lennon.
  2. JohnK.
    Nov 21, 2006
    6
    A lot of people could make an album this good, if given the time and money. And many make records much better, without. Well, anyway, it's not a bad record.
  3. MattD.
    Oct 6, 2006
    5
    He has talent, but he needs to get out of his dad's shadow. He has not done that on this CD.
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Friendly Fire has the same feel as Into the Sun: namely, it's a pleasant but forgettable arty pop record made by a guy who has some promise but little discipline.
  2. The melodies and production are top-notch, even if, lyrically, the album’s motifs barely move from sullen dismay to cheery dismay.
  3. Los Angeles Times
    63
    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]