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Boomkat Product Review:
Les Savvy Fav have got to rank as one of the finest rock bands working in the industry today. okay so this sentiment might be shared by the Gods of all things online Pitchfork, but really this is a time to believe the hype. Apart from having quite life-affirming live shows (where lead singer Tim Harrington has a tendency to get nekkid, oh yes) they actually have the songs to back this up. The band have actually been together since 1995, but now, over ten years later they're finally ready to commit their finest material to disc, and 'Let's Stay Friends' is easily the band's most consistent effort to date, just topping the fabulous 7" collection 'Inches' from a few years back. Something you've got to be aware of though is that this is rock music, this is real rock music, it's not trying to pander to any particular fashion, it just rocks. it's loud, it's got hooks, riffs. it's 'real' for want of a better word. Like the Pixies (who are probably the best point of comparison for the album), or the Talking Heads there is a propulsive rhythm section with drums beating on time and bass rumbling beneath, but it's those melodies and the urgency in the lyrics that keeps you coming back again and again. Just listen to Harrington's Frank Black-isms on album highlight 'Patty Lee', a party track for some other time and prepare to be amazed by the band's effortless ability to shake the walls down. It's the sort of music that's only a hair's breadth away from being cheesy, yet at no point does it ever cross the line - even when it breaches the murky world of disco or post-punk (as heard on the single 'What Would Wolves Do?') the record never loses credibility. For me this is the indie rock album of the year, defining the genre perfectly in 2007 and showing that there's still a need for good songwriting and crunchy guitars in the world. You won't be disappointed with 'Let's Stay Friends', that's for sure.