Let Me Introduce My Friends - I'm from Barcelona
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  • Summary: Actually, they're from Sweden. Numbering a Polyphonic Spree-esque 29 members, the Emanuel Lundgren-led collective made their full-length debut in 2006 with the unusually chipper 'Friends,' which hit the States in early 2007.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. 90
    You'd have to hate life not to eat this long-awaited, sugar-coated anthology up. [Mar 2007, p.98]
  2. The sort of euphoric, sweetly intentioned indie pop that, despite occasionally making Belle & Sebastian sound like Da Lench Mob, nevertheless manages to stay the right side of cloying.
  3. Depending on your temperament, this translates to either the Feelgood Band Of 2006 or a horrific saccharine overdose.
  4. Part of what keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying is sthe music's awareness and subtle humor. [Apr 2007, p.55]
  5. Lundgren has ample melodic gifts, and most cuts... are pretty damn charming.
  6. All too often, I'm From Barcelona are either forgettable or just beyond cloying.
  7. 10
    Surely--surely!--this is an elaborate hoax. [Oct 2006, p.110]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. TobiasD.
    May 23, 2007
    10
    I loved it. I feel like the target of data mining, and I LOVE IT. Cuzz theres always gunna be this little boy inside of me.
  2. ChadV
    Mar 19, 2007
    10
    This is an amazing album! "Let Me Introduce My Friends" is simple and sweet. If you need a good album to start out a weekend, this is it. I'm from Barcelona nail it! Expand
  3. BobS
    Apr 8, 2007
    10
    Charting in teritory only the bravest of men face. I hate indie, but I think I get this album. I can relate.
  4. Sebastian
    Mar 26, 2007
    8
    The reviews that rated this album "in the red" (60 or below) are complete ______ (fill in the blank with your own negative answer). I love this album, it Expand
  5. DylanS
    May 28, 2007
    8
    Solid music by a solid (if not huge) contingent of swedes. Too bad the sheer size of the 29 member band, only really resonates on 2 songs (We're From Barcelona & Treehouse). I mean The Besnard Lakes and Arcade Fire have less than 1/2 their members and still produce a larger sound, worth owning though. Expand
  6. ToddW
    May 3, 2007
    7
    Think of a cross between The Partridge Family and Captain Beefheart and you're in the same vicinity as this offering. However, the cacaphony is clearer on this than on a lot of albums by your basic vocalist/drum/bass/guitar bands, even though this group numbers 29. There are some genuinely likeable songs here, if you don't mind the inanity of some of the topics. If nothing else, it's worth a listen, if not an introduction to your friends. Expand
  7. Zach
    Apr 9, 2007
    1
    yeah, its catchy, but catchy in the same vein as "Who Let the Dogs Out"...catchy ain't always a good thing, especially with lyrics this empty. If you like this, chances are you won't in a few days. Expand

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