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. KevinA
    Oct 17, 2006
    Excellent. Forget about his lineage and just listen. The man is gifted. I have not stopped playing it, but I did have to take out the Lennon/Beatles plug out my ears and judge the music-and video, on merit alone. Wonderful. Collapse
  3. EllieM
    Nov 19, 2006
    I just can't stop playing this album - am surprised how much I like it and it just keeps growing on me. Don't understand why his father even has to be mentioned - this album should be judged purely on its own merit Expand
  4. AlbertoP
    Nov 25, 2006
    Very nice album. I'm not a fan of John Lennon, I discovered this guy watching "Dead Meat" video on TV.
  5. 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
  6. Rev.Rikard
    Dec 8, 2006
    This album makes Sean sound old before his time. The songs resound with more similarity and familiarity with each play. His father's ability to write beautiful melody and introspective lyrics is definitely present in his son. The melodies are definitely pleasing to the ear and reveal great potential. However, John's melodies and lyrics of this ilk were meaningful as we followed his progression as a musician and man. This album feels like an attempt to pick up where Dad left. I would love to hear Sean as an energetic rocker with some social commentary first. Then, I could enjoy this album more. Instead, I would rather just hear "Woman", "Beautiful Boy," and "Jealous Guy" from John. Expand
  7. BillR
    Nov 3, 2006
    Garbage his music is so boring. You guys are only being nice to him because he is John's son. Too bad he inherit any talent from his father

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