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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for Philadelphia indie rock band Friendship was produced by Bradford Krieger.
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  1. Mojo
    Jul 29, 2022
    80
    Wriggins remains his own elusive self, his songs forever moving between the prosaic and the ecstatic. [Sep 2022, p.89]
  2. Paste Magazine
    Jul 29, 2022
    75
    Love the Stranger, Friendship’s first release with Merge Records, hits like a call out of the blue from an old friend, touching on the passage of time, its disappointments and humble victories, and the struggle to stay kind whether or not the world returns the favor.
  3. Uncut
    Jul 29, 2022
    70
    What makes Friendship different, though, are Wriggins’ striking songs, minted in the sort of conversational poetry at which Lucinda Williams excels. [Aug 2022, p.26]
  4. Pitchfork
    Aug 3, 2022
    70
    Friendship do not engage in world-building, instead calling greater attention to the world in which we’re all just passing through. While always endearing, over the course of Love the Stranger, they can just as often feel constrained by a documentarian approach.
  5. AllMusic
    Jul 29, 2022
    70
    While typically low-key and rustic in nature, with touches of (mostly) atmospheric keyboards and electronics, the album is further distinguished by the use of brief instrumentals that make up about one-third of its extensive track list.