12 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

New York’s Les Savy Fav has come back six years after 2001’s Go Forth hitting hard, with fresh energy, a new voice, and a focus that nails what the band has long aimed for. (Friends from bands such as Enon and Black Heart Procession make appearances here, providing additional character and texture to the endeavor.) They’ve succeeded on Let’s Stay Friends (their fourth studio album), and the title is a nod to the themes at work here: integrity, loyalty, and following one’s heart/gut. “Pots and Pans” opens like a simple rock song, no hardcore/post-punk angst in site, Harrington’s voice calmly narrating the saga of a beaten-down band hanging on to their dream, while the drums slowly roll out the foundation, and guitars twinkle and cartwheel. There’s something a little fantastical about the song, recalling the Flaming Lips at moments. But then, with the slightest pause, the band kicks into the raging “The Equestrian,” all Les Savy Fav punk passion. These opening tracks set the tone for a work comprised of both sweet and savory, of thoughtfully controlled force ... a work of great reward for the listener.

EDITORS’ NOTES

New York’s Les Savy Fav has come back six years after 2001’s Go Forth hitting hard, with fresh energy, a new voice, and a focus that nails what the band has long aimed for. (Friends from bands such as Enon and Black Heart Procession make appearances here, providing additional character and texture to the endeavor.) They’ve succeeded on Let’s Stay Friends (their fourth studio album), and the title is a nod to the themes at work here: integrity, loyalty, and following one’s heart/gut. “Pots and Pans” opens like a simple rock song, no hardcore/post-punk angst in site, Harrington’s voice calmly narrating the saga of a beaten-down band hanging on to their dream, while the drums slowly roll out the foundation, and guitars twinkle and cartwheel. There’s something a little fantastical about the song, recalling the Flaming Lips at moments. But then, with the slightest pause, the band kicks into the raging “The Equestrian,” all Les Savy Fav punk passion. These opening tracks set the tone for a work comprised of both sweet and savory, of thoughtfully controlled force ... a work of great reward for the listener.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

indieconisuer ,

a great listen as always

i own all there albums and they are all awsome but at the same time they dont seem to change there structure much throughout the years and with the long hiatis i want more from them there live shows are super sweet!

jeffz ,

Dont's believe mjs...

Les Savy Fav was awesome at Randalls Island (as were Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem). I gave Tim Harrington a pat on the back and almost got strangled by his microphone chord when he made his rounds through the crowd. How many frontmen are willing to get that up-close and personal? Harrington's oversized sex symbol act is hilarious, if you don't try to take it too seriously. Oh, and the band rocks.

Hippi-Kat ,

A Diamond in the wasteland

Brlliant release from one of the few good bands around. Buy it. Play it. Love it. Repeat.

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