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Les Savy Fav Let's Stay Friends Review

Album. Released 2007.  

BBC Review

Enjoyable but slightly underwhelming, it’s a shame this album does not stand out as...

Jessica Braham 2007

The upbeat and exocentric New York indie punk rockers Les Savy Fav, have finally released their long awaited fourth album Let’s Stay Friends nearly six years after 2001's Go Forth. I can already see the frenzied tour ticket stampede in the hope of sharing a sweaty t-shirt with weirdy-beardy front man Tim Harrington. Or, if an exchange of bodily fluids is not available, at least a souvenir off-cast from one of his many on-stage wardrobe changes.

Formed in 1995 at the Rhode Island School of Design, Les Savy Fav, pronounced ‘Lay Sah-vee Fav’ (meaning nothing except itself), quickly established their stamp on the indie scene with their quirky, abstract, art punk style. Always fun, genuine and lyrically intelligent, these guys could hold a decent conversation at the pub, and you certainly weren’t going to turn down a party invite.

Let’s Stay Friends, perhaps aptly named because of the rumoured split in 2005, takes its influence from our constantly shifting world. Politically and socially aware, the lyrics on the album speak of following our true motivations and not losing enthusiasm through the daily grind.

Produced by good friend Chris Zane, a host of other artists have been drafted in from the indie elite to add style and influence to the music including Andrew Reuland, Eleanor Friedberger, Nicholas Thorburn, all members of Enon, Emily Haines, and Joe Plummer.

Overall the album will not fail to disappoint lovers of the edgy and intense whirlwind that is Les Savy Fav. Classic tracks include "Pots & Pans", and "Patty Lee", while tracks such as "The Equestrian" and "Raging In The Plague Age" bring a harder raw energy. The album does however lack a certain finesse of earlier work and the first half is much stronger than the second. Enjoyable but slightly underwhelming, it’s a shame this album does not stand out as much as the heritage the band deserves.

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