First Appeared in The Music Box, November 2006, Volume 13, #11
Written by John Metzger
Where Sean Lennonís debut Into the Sun was a decidedly eclectic affair that skipped giddily among country melodies, Beatle-esque psychedelia, bossa nova beats, jazz fusion grooves, and alt-rock rage, his sophomore outing Friendly Fire is a carefully embroidered conceptual work that conveys the battle scars of his love life. In a surreal, David Lynch-ian fashion, the film that accompanies the album ó and stars Lennon along with Lindsay Lohan, Bijou Phillips, Carrie Fisher, and Jordana Brewster ó sheds light upon its underlying story, which, not coincidentally, bears more than a few striking similarities to his own experiences. Shortly after Lennon leapt into the spotlight, Phillips, his then-girlfriend, slept with his best pal, who subsequently was killed in a motorcycle accident before closure could be achieved. Itís immediately apparent from the bits of guilt, anger, and sorrow that seep through Lennonís lyrics as well as his screenplay that he remains haunted by the ordeal. Friendly Fire, then, is meant to be a therapeutic release of his emotions, and for the most part, it succeeds. Aside from a few underwhelming turns-of-phrase, Lennon makes his feelings of betrayal, grief, and heartache palpable, and in the process, he transforms his deeply personal tale of loss and regret into a universally appealing song cycle. For all the anger that he displays in tunes like Dead Meat and the title track, his music gravitates toward quiet introspection. As he bends lush, Brian Wilson-esque ornamentations around the requisite Beatle-isms, he evokes an air of sad resignation that allows Friendly Fire to become a manifestation of the delicate nature of life as well as the fragility of the heart. Ĺ
Of Further Interest...
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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