Manifest!

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. 100
    With their debut full-length, Brooklyn pop quintet Friends have released the best pop album of the summer.
  2. Jun 12, 2012
    80
    Leave your prejudices behind, shut your eyes and just enjoy.
  3. Manifest! is back-loaded with the big hitters, so you need faith and tenacity to find the gems.
  4. Jun 5, 2012
    80
    Whatever their reference points, Friends always end up sounding like Friends: now but new wavey, cool but catchy, spare but packed with odd sonic squiggles.
  5. Jun 5, 2012
    80
    The album holds together sonically like it was bonded by super glue, yet there's enough variation between the tracks to make Manifest! a very enriching listen that takes listeners to the middle of an excitingly sweaty dancefloor, keeps them company on the long cab ride home, and soothes them on the quiet morning after.
  6. Jun 5, 2012
    75
    It's difficult to generalize about an album like Manifest!. For every flat moment or forgettable song there soars an incredibly high peak, the kind of song you keep on repeat for a solid hour. And even this binary critical formula fails; some songs succeed and stumble at the same time.
  7. Jul 23, 2012
    70
    Each three-minute zinger is an aptly kilned piece so crossly pollinated, it should be studied.
  8. Jun 5, 2012
    70
    Could very well be one of the soundtracks to the summer, with their heavy use of percussion setting them apart from other similar Brooklyn acts. Unfortunately, there are times when Manifest! feels muddled.
  9. Jun 5, 2012
    70
    [Singles] I'm His Girl and Friend Crush both appear here, and though they're highlights, they don't eclipse the rest of this generally impressive debut LP.
  10. 70
    Although it's top-heavy, Manifest! is a strong debut and proves Friends isn't just a singles band.
  11. Jun 5, 2012
    70
    [Their] debut often recalls New York's Eighties downtown glory days, when punk, funk and disco commingled on labels like 99 and ZE.

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