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Let's Stay Friends
     

Let's Stay Friends

by Les Savy Fav
 

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After a six-year break due to a severe case of writer's block, wild-hearted frontman Tim Harrington and his boys have upped the ante upon return with Let's Stay Friends, an excellent record that marks a dramatic stylistic departure for Les Savy Fav. Here, they continue building upon their foundation, which is writing deceptively solid post-hardcore songs with a

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After a six-year break due to a severe case of writer's block, wild-hearted frontman Tim Harrington and his boys have upped the ante upon return with Let's Stay Friends, an excellent record that marks a dramatic stylistic departure for Les Savy Fav. Here, they continue building upon their foundation, which is writing deceptively solid post-hardcore songs with a heavy spattering of angular influence, while leaning forward into a more polished territory of crisp, embellished production. This record is a logical progression from Go Forth, an album that showed the group beginning to stray from their hardcore roots, and here they masterfully blanket their incendiary raw power with touches of piano, horns, dub delays, and other subtle dabs of headphone candy. LSV enlisted the help of some choice studio experts to provide these sugary additives, namely vocalists Eleanor Friedberger (the Fiery Furnaces), Toko Yasuda (Enon), and Nick Thorburn (the Unicorns), with appearances by Emily Haines (Metric) on piano and Joe Plummer (the Black Heart Procession) and Fred Armisen on drums. It's an all-star cast of players, and the band sounds tighter than ever as they propel Harrington's trademark coarse yelp through the distortion of an album filled with potential singles. On "Slugs in the Shrubs" and "The Equestrian" he howls feverishly alongside razor-sharp guitar lines, and then switches to a swooning falsetto in the Spoon-ish numbers "The Year Before the Year 2000" and "Patty Lee." Purists may miss the raw intensity of the band's earlier years, but it's hard to deny that this is simply a great, melody-driven record that crosses over, not quite to the extremity of, say, the Clash's Combat Rock but more like the Dismemberment Plan's Change, into a more stylistic and hook-driven world while maintaining the aggressive edge that makes them such a likeable force. Walking that line is a tightrope act, but Let's Stay Friends does so flawlessly, all the while solidifying that these guys are some of the best in the biz when it comes to crafting angular, idiosyncratic pop tunes -- and that's saying a lot when you go down the lengthy checklist of Gang of Four-referencing, post-hardcore bands that have formed in the past decade. This album was well worth the wait and should win over some new fans and please the old ones too. Best of show.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
Label:
French Kiss
UPC:
0675640912329
catalogNumber:
31
Rank:
159217

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Performance Credits

Les Savy Fav   Primary Artist
Tim Harrington   Vocals,Group Member
Michael Scott   Background Vocals
Chris Nash   Choir, Chorus
Fred Armisen   Drums
John Schmersal   Vocals
Syd Butler   Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Harrison Haynes   Drums,Group Member
Seth Jabour   Guitar,Group Member
Toko Yasuda   Vocals
Emily Haines   Piano
Chris Zane   Drums
Eleanor Friedberger   Vocals
Gregory Finch   Choir, Chorus
Joe Plummer   Drums
PJ Sykes   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Andrew Reuland   Guitar
Ryan Lee   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Aaron Azlant   Background Vocals
Matt Shulz   Drums
Ian Rolfe-Redding   Background Vocals
Aleah Robinson   Violin
Gregory Finch   Background Vocals
Stephanie Rizzo   Background Vocals
Byron Brown   Background Vocals
Tim Cushing   Background Vocals
Drew Price   Background Vocals
Paul Pedersen   Background Vocals
Anawim "Nawi" Avila   Saxophone
Devendra   Background Vocals
Riley Knistel   Background Vocals
Chris Nash   Background Vocals
Catherine Herrick   Vocals
Jason B. Silva   Trombone
Adelquis E. Salom   Trumpet
Nick Thorburn   Vocals

Technical Credits

Tim Harrington   Illustrations
Chris Zane   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Alex Aldi   Engineer

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