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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.Read more ›
all you people with your comparisons to john lennon, give me a break.
john lennon was a genius. but his longplayers were notoriously uneven. sure, the guy could hit with amazing power but he could whiff every bit as often...and did.
what's more, none of you are even acknowledging the other 50% of his DNA. yoko ono has also given the world some amazing music, even if only an enlightened few give her any credit.
but enough of about daddy and mummy.
FRIENDLY FIRE is an unbelievable musical expression of heartache -- a type of heartache none of us will ever know. your lifelong best friend steals your life partner, only to die in a motorcycle accident before any peace can be made between anyone.
this even one-ups the whole eric clapton & george harrison & pattie boyd saga.
and sean didn't just create a song about this nightmare; he devoted an entire release to it.
and while it is anything but happy, it is masterfully crafted. mp3 people, if you don't want to buy the whole thing (at first), download WILL I BE THE ONE, PARACHUTE and SPECTACLE. this CD is an essential display of pop music striking a massive minor chord in life.
kudos to all of you giving it the praise it deserves. even more kudos to everyone imploring all the beatle/lennon lovers to think outside their beatle boxes. (it is almost 2010, people.)
props to sean for making the song cycle that his heart told him to make, not a bunch of beancounters.
This is really good stuff.
And don't read the bio here - it puts way too much emphasis on who his parents are. This guy is his own man, doing his own music. It's much more like some of the best of his contemporaries - say Elliot Smith, Kings of Convenience, even a bit of Stereolab-ish or non-manic Cornelius than anything from his dad's generation.
He definitely stands on his own as one of the more intelligent, rich, creative contributions to music in recent years.
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He is an okay artist, but not the strong talent of his dad, John, nor his step-brother Julian. There is talent there, but it is seemingly muted and hard to define. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Alan R. Dennen
I love both Julian's and Sean's work as artists, musical and otherwise. This is my first Sean Lennon cd and I'm SO impressed. Read morePublished on June 16, 2014 by Jae D.
If you like one song then you will like the entire album. This is a very cohesive collection of songs that I find myself singing to all the time.Published on May 1, 2014 by Mytwinki
quite an interesting album. Sean Lennon definitely has his own voice and unique style. interesting, poetic lyrics and interesting music to go along with it, so overall a nice indie... Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by ArtFan
Purchased this cd on a whim and I'm happy I did. There isn't a song on the cd that I didn't enjoy and the dvd is brilliant. Congrats to Sean Lennon on a job well done!Published on July 28, 2013 by sandy phillips
Love the cd, and the dvd that came with it. The movie is lovely, and fits to the music well :)Published on October 13, 2012 by Silje