Strange Friend - The Phantom Band

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jun 2, 2014
    It’s a record without a weak link, that doesn’t outstay its welcome, and excites you about the possibility of seeing it all played live.
  2. Jul 28, 2014
    The Phantom Band's material is of a higher grade and their eclectic sonic blend only adds to this strength.
  3. Jul 24, 2014
    The overall effect is more organic and rock. [Jul 2014, p.94]
  4. Jun 16, 2014
    This third LP’s motley magic merits the coveted breakthrough that these Celtic chancers deserve.
  5. Jun 3, 2014
    Strange Friends marks a measured step towards accessibility for one of Britain's most inventive bands. [Jun 2014, p.82]
  6. Their first two albums, 'Checkmate Savage' (2009) and 'The Wants' (2011), pulled together elements as diverse as krautrock, campfire sing-songs and pure, pulsing pop. Strange Friend is all this and more.
  7. Jun 2, 2014
    Strange Friend is a tight, concise and incredibly satisfying listen with the right mixture of familiarity and progression. Read more at
  8. 75
    Strange Friend is a cosmic krautrock gem, like TV On The Radio raised in the Highlands, bustling with excitement and teaming with a million different ideas, eager to spill them all onto the canvas regardless of the mess it will make. But what a gloriously colourful mess to behold.
  9. Sep 4, 2014
    The Phantom Band may have done better to be a bit more selective in the studio, but they were probably too busy enjoying themselves to bother.
  10. Jun 26, 2014
    Songs such as (Invisible) Friends veer towards the anthemic but don't quite ignite.
  11. Jun 17, 2014
    At its best it's irresistible.... Elsewhere, more conventional material, including bluesy Internet ruminator Atacama and the oddly inclusive, cutlery-rattling Galapagos, sound like they were more fun to make than they are to listen to. [Jul 2014, p.112]

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