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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release from the rock supergroup that features Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, The Minus 5's Scott McCaughey, The Fastbacks' Kurt Bloch, and King Crimson's Bill Rieflin.
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  1. Jan 30, 2018
    80
    The result is an album of uncommon strength, not necessarily due to the individuals involved, but rather because of the sheer force and fury of the unified thrust. Filthy Friends never waver from this mission, making this one Invitation well worth heeding.
  2. Aug 31, 2017
    80
    All these nods to the past make Invitation seem cozy even when its words are defiant, and if that seems dissonant it also seems appropriate for 2017: outrage can be exhausting, so it's good to find solace in old friends.
  3. Aug 22, 2017
    80
    There isn't a moment on Invitation where it sounds like they aren't having fun, and their good time spills over into a dozen songs that are textured, tuneful, and immediate,
  4. 80
    Predictably, there are strong shades of Buck’s old band too, not least amid the arpeggios of Any Kind Of Crowd (an R.E.M. track in all but Stipe). Elsewhere the greasy chug of Come Back Shelley carries fuzz-filled echoes of T.Rex in their prime.
  5. Aug 25, 2017
    75
    Invitation is strong enough as a whole to breeze past those weaker moments. Filthy Friends’ debut provides exactly what their lineage promises, and when it comes to supergroups, that amounts to coming out ahead.
  6. Aug 28, 2017
    70
    Many songs ache with Eighties troubled-youth flashbacks, especially the Pixies-loving "Brother."
  7. Q Magazine
    Aug 29, 2017
    40
    Much here amounts to solid AOR, by turns over-polished and underwhelming. [Oct 2017, p.103]

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