Let's Stay Friends is the fourth album from art-school graduates and punk-rock pioneers Les Savy Fav - a four-piece fronted by the inimitable and insanely brilliant (or brilliantly insane) Tim Harrington. I totally fell in love with these guys when I chanced upon their 2001 release, Go Forth, and this is a record that you just want to hug. The guitar sound is, as always, utterly electrifying and highly emotive, while Harrington's lyrics strike the perfect balance between bonkers and brainy: even if you haven't got a clue what he's on about, you know what he means. "Has your skin grown thick? From bands that make you sick?" he asks, on opener, 'Pots & Pans'. "Have you been made dense? By polish and pretense?" Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the anti-Avenged Sevenfold.
The best thing about this album, however - as previous reviewers have mentioned - is that where on previous releases, LSF created a heck of a great noise with their frenetic art-punk assault, Let's Stay Friends contains some genuinely fantastic songs too. 'The Year Before the Year 2000', 'Patty Lee' and 'Scotchgard the Credit Card' are cases in point; funny, moving and brilliantly crafted, while 'Comes & Goes' is possibly the greatest song about relationships ever written, and poignantly so. Let's Stay Friends was recorded with aid of various friends and contributors and this, for me, is easily the band's finest hour.
on 14 November 2008
Exactly how its supposed to be done. Spiky, fast, slow, energetic, fun, intelligent US post punk....If your faith in music has been flagging, give this a go.