Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. Q Magazine
    Oct 12, 2012
    60
    Tracks like Sorry and the brainiac funk of Mind Control show that the same sparky formula can stretch over a whole record. [Jul 2012, p.100]
  2. Magnet
    Jul 18, 2012
    60
    Friends lose themselves when they try too hard to sound like the Ting Tings, Cults or the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, which they do too often here. [No.89 p.54]
  3. Mojo
    Jun 26, 2012
    60
    Whikle the quintet can comfortably do sincere and introverted on tracks like A Thing Like This and Proud/Ashamed, their speciality indisputably lies in lo-fi revelry, as showcased in Friend Crush. [Jul 2012, p.88]
  4. Jun 5, 2012
    60
    The highlights of their first album, sadly, are still those two singles [Friend Crush, I'm His Girl], and there are some missteps here.
  5. Jun 14, 2012
    52
    There's a lack of thought and care, a feeling that this band is still figuring out what it wants to be while not treading on too many toes in the process.
  6. Jul 10, 2012
    50
    When Friends get down to it, the energy that brought them together dictates the making of half-profound statements in retro R&B funk jams; and frankly, the result is brilliant.... Yet, when they explore other avenues, the band seem unable to hide their influence and consequently come off as half-hearted.
  7. Jun 6, 2012
    50
    It's still a solid first LP, but with two or three less ho-hum songs it might have been something pretty special.

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