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Friendly Fires’ 2008 eponymous debut introduced a promising band with an uncanny knack for songwriting, but it also revealed the them as genre neophytes, trying on bygone musical styles like vintage clothing. With Pala, the Hertfordshire, England–based trio solidify their sound. Over a dance-punk foundation, Friendly Fires trim their tunes with trace elements of disco, soul, dream-pop, and post-punk. The instantly winsome “Live Those Days Tonight” opens, pulsing on cosmopolitan dance-pop. Without reverting to retro rehash, the tune recalls moments of neon brilliance last heard in 1986. The following “Blue Cassette” starts like an early Daft Punk outtake before unraveling into a gigantic swooning anthem where the band somehow fuses a '80s New Romantic–flavored chorus with verses enveloped in electro-pop. This creates a well-oiled machine of innovative, kinetic dance music loaded to the gills with pop hooks. “Hurting” is another solid standout, where glossy disco rhythms and blue-eyed soul melodies braid together. “Pull Me Back to Earth” remains festive amid its gauzy soundscapes.

Customer Reviews

<3

This is one of the best albums i have heard in a very very very long time...every single song is amazing...the beats and funk/electro/r&b feel to this album is just out of this world! i cant help but sway when listening to this album. This is some serious feel good music, and the lyrics for each of the songs are just ridiculous, in the best way possible of course. Friendly fires is one of my favorite bands and this album is a necessity of mine, it keeps me sane! I listen to it everyday! it makes me feel invincible,like everything in life will turn out just fine! This deserves 5 stars! one of the best albums ive ever heard..........

Love!!

It is a lot more mellow than their last album, but it's still a great record! I haven't stopped listening to it since I bought it, So BUY IT!!! : D

TOO LEGIT!

I LOVEEEEE THIS ALBUM...IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT..."SHOW ME LIGHTS", "PALA" REALLY??!!! I CANT GET ENOUGH!

Biography

Formed: St. Albans, Hertfordshire, Englan

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Playing dance-oriented music with the feel of indie pop but the insistent pulse of disco, Friendly Fires hail from St. Albans in Hertfordshire, England. Featuring Ed Macfarlane on vocals and keyboards, Edd Gibson on guitar, and Jack Savidge on drums, all three members of Friendly Fires were in their early twenties when they began making a splash on the U.K. music scene in 2006. After winning a following for their live work, they released their debut recording, an EP titled Photobooth, through the...
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