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  • Summary: The debut full-length release from the Brooklyn indie pop band led by Samantha Urbani and Lesley Hann.
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  1. Positive: 11 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 5, 2012
    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.
  3. Manifest! is back-loaded with the big hitters, so you need faith and tenacity to find the gems.
  4. 70
    Although it's top-heavy, Manifest! is a strong debut and proves Friends isn't just a singles band.
  5. Q Magazine
    Oct 12, 2012
    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]
  6. Mojo
    Jun 26, 2012
    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]
  7. Jun 6, 2012
    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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