Let's Stay Friends

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All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • Label: French Kiss
  • UPC: 675640912329
  • Catalog Number: 31
  • Sales rank: 135,831

Album Credits

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
PJ Sykes Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Nicholas Thorburn Vocals
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
Joe Plummer Drums
Jason B. Silva Trombone
Adelquis E. Salom Trumpet
Technical Credits
Tim Harrington Illustrations
Chris Zane Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Alex Aldi Engineer
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