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Friendly Fire (CD+DVD)
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
MUSIC + FILM - CD/DVD ... Sean Lennon has produced a short film for each of the album's tracks, directed by Michele Civetta. The fantastical shorts, which together comprise a conceptual film about betrayal and the failu... more »
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MUSIC + FILM - CD/DVD ... Sean Lennon has produced a short film for each of the album's tracks, directed by Michele Civetta. The fantastical shorts, which together comprise a conceptual film about betrayal and the failure of love, feature appearances from Lennon and friends including Lindsay Lohan, Bijou Phillips, Asia Argento, Carrie Fisher, Devon Aoki, Jordana Brewster and others. Contributing musicians on the CD include Jon Brion, Cibo Matta's Yuka Honda and Bijou Phillips.
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Junglies | Morrisville, NC United States | 10/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being the progeny of a famous, if not the most famous, rock star and an avant garde artist must be a double edged sword. It certainly opens doors which would be otherwise closed but at the same time it leads to comparisons with the parents and expectations which cannot possibly be met.
Friendly Fire has drawn praise and criticism from many quarters but it is almost as if everyone wants and expects a John Lennon album rather than a Sean Lennon original. His half-brother Julian gained a lot of praise from his first album, but to my mind the praise was pedicated on the similarity of the sounds, words and music to that of his father.
I was drawn to this, the second album, by a preview on the artist's myspace page of Dead Meat. What struck me about that particular song were the simple yet powerful lyrics describing betrayal and at once and the same time sorrowful that the betrayer was his best friend. The other aspect of the song that immediately caught my ear...the WOW factor, was a particular phrase of the string accompaniment which I feel is superb.
The album itself is primarily ballad material, unsurprising given the background to it. I find that the singer's phrasing is articulate and clever whilst the lyrics in general are not as simple as they sound. Friendly fire is a powerful title to describe an affair of the heart but the image it brings up is very telling of devastation.
It seems to me that Sean has an ear for melody which matches his lyricism and this is evident throughout. What results is an album which is a pleasure to listen to and to think about. It is emotive and Sean seems to be a nice guy who gets hurt but bounces back and does not hold grudges. In his own way he seems to want to strike out against being his father's son but he also seems to realise that he cannot quite escape that legacy yet.
I enjoyed the album. I like Sean's work and I wish him success in his quest to become the professional musician he aspires to be. I think he should be judged purely on his own merits but alas I fear that whatever he does he is going to be compared to one of the two larger than life figures in his upbringing regardless of whether or not that is justified.
Keep up the good work."
Lightweight But Pretty
Scrappy McGowan | Ann Arbor, MI | 10/04/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"While I agree with the assertion that the AMG review of Friendly Fire was a bit heavy-handed and unfair with its description of Lennon's career as a "rich kid's holiday", I can't disagree with reviewer Erlewine's assertion that the album is just a bit lightweight.
This is not a bad album, it's just not anything exceptional or different. The album takes no chances sonically, harmonically, melodically or lyrically- it's merely pretty. Pretty in this case is not bad, it's just not exciting.
Lennon's voice is thin, which in and of itself isn't a bad thing, but unlike Lennon's friend Rufus Wainwright who can take his similarly thin voice and make it soar with beautiful melodies and symphonic arrangements, Lennon's voice and songs tend to just sit there. To my ear it just lacks adventurousness.
The album reminds me a bit of James Iha's solo effort, "Let It Come Down", which was a nice and gentle album, but one that felt just this side of being fluffy. Nothing wrong with being fluffy, but when I'm in the mood for pretty music I'd rather listen to The Innocence Mission."