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"If we had an manifesto for this album" says Friendly Fires’ singer and bass-player Ed Macfarlane, "it was a simple one; make an exciting, colorful pop record"

“Our goal is to make vibrant, widescreen songs” adds guitarist Edd Gibson. “but they must retain a spontaneity, have an energy and mysticism around them.”

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 23, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars Xl Recording
  • ASIN: B001CVCBBC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,569 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

One of the most exciting bands from the UK. Last year's super limited 7-inch "Paris" was judged the single of the week in both the NME and The Guardian for its deft combination of clattering percussion and a blissed out, hum along hook. Other songs on this release contain driving punk funk grooves with unstoppable pop melodies, joyous vocals, wonky waltz-like rhythms, and My Bloody Valentine atmospherics. It's all the more impressive when you consider the band recorded this entirely themselves on a laptop.

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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Excellant December 9, 2008
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Most excellent! This is the best new band I have come across in a while. I stumbled across this band while on You Tube searching for a Friendly Fire incident involving the US Army in Iraq. Crisp cool exceptional vocals tied together with a tight arrangement and excellent production. At 57 years old I wish I could still dance on these old war torn knees. I see this band going big time and can not wait until their next album is released.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the New New Wave March 25, 2009
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If you're a fan of the new generation of extremely polished, 80's-style, mesmerizing wavy pop that's going around, you will love these guys. Every track is very well-crafted...a truly well-rounded album. Some of the best stuff coming from that side of the Atlantic right now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut album August 1, 2009
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Uk-based trio Friendly Fires formed in 2006, and is one of the many, many bands out there that is reinventing and giving a new interpretation of the 1980s 'new wave' sound for the 21st century. After a couple of well-received EPs, the band got signed to Xl and in the Fall of 2008 finally released their debut album.

"Friendly Fires" (10 tracks; 37 min.) starts off with a blasting "Jump In the Pool" (UK single), and sounds very much like the title suggests. "Paris" (their 2007 break-out single) is also included here and is 'simply irresitable'. The songs follow one another in a furious pace, and the album plays really like one long dance-party. "On Board", my favorite track of the album, just makes just you want to jump on board this dance party. "Skeleton Boy" will bring any wallflower to the dance floor. As you play this, 1980s-era output of New Order comes to mind of course, as will contemporary Aussie-band Cut Copy. At just 37 min., this album blasts by in no time. Just great.

I caught these guys earlier this year at Coachella, and what a great set they put on, playing most of the tracks of this album of course. Even though they played an early afternoon set, the tent was packed and the band made most of the opportunity and made the place jump, just fantastic. Meanwhile, if you wonder where you can hear these guys, check out WOXY (BAM! The Future of Rock & Roll), the internet-only station that brings the best indie-music in the country, bar none.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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So let me just ramble a little here as to how I found out about this album. I was back in the UK visiting Family and Friends last week, and I go into HMV music in Brighton to see whats new. This tune comes on in there that I later found out was 'Lovesick' by Friendly Fires. Upon the first chorus I was desperate to find out who this band was that sounded like a fusion of Prince, Talking Heads, Beck, and The Cure.

I ask the sales clerk and he exclaimed "Friendly Fires, the album is brilliant." and it is..

There is plenty for everyone on this album. It's so upbeat it makes you smile but it does have its more laid back tracks like Paris as nice breaks from the energy.

I certainly recommend this album to anyone wanting to hear something new and energetic. I am eager to see this band live. I believe their US tour kicks of next month.

In conclusion. This album is flawless and I cannot stop playing the CD. I predict fantastic things for this group in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-Paced & Fun Album December 14, 2010
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This is a great album that will leave you waiting for more... seriously Friendly Fires, I'm still waiting for a new album!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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They're from the UK... Not surprising at all. Most bands that are from the U.S. do not create such diversity or individual music. I usually do not too much care for "experimental" music, so to speak, and this album isn't that extreme on experimentation, but to some degree, I am sure most would agree that it is in some form. Stand out tracks on this album are: "White Diamonds" (5 stars), "Paris" (5 stars), "Skeleton Boy" (4.5 stars), "In The Hospital" (4 stars), and "Photobooth" (4 stars). This CD/LP is danceable, delicious (so to speak), replayable, different, unique, etc, etc. I hope this band has many more upcoming releases in the future and lasts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Friendly Fire in my dancing shoes! December 17, 2008
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I hella love this album. they are fresh, crisp and totally danceable. I was fortunate enough to be exposed to this new group by a fellow music lover and I just can't get enough. If you are like me, always on the hunt for new talent and fly sounds this is noteworthy. BUY THE ALBUM!!! NOW!!!!! I expect to see them at Coachella 2009 and other summer festivals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better late than never March 7, 2014
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In spite of this being a few years old, I only recently came across it thanks to finding 'Paris' on youtube. From Paris I got hooked on 'Skeleton Boy' which after several weeks I still can't get enough of. So I jumped for the extended album. At first I was a little worried that the mixes in the latter tracks were the most appealing but after a few plays, most of the album has grown on me now. Perhaps not surprising for a first album, the mixes are perhaps a little more polished and poppy than the main album tracks, but there are subtleties to be appreciated in those. If I can sum it up in a few words, there's energy reminiscent of the 80s but also a musical sophistication that reminds me a little of Talk Talk, e.g. Such a shame and It's my life, plus New order-esque guitar riffs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Rythm driven audio journey
I had already purchased Friendly Fires Pala which is a spectacular album. As usual after I had one album I liked I had to grab the others. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Andrew Alam
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Album
This Album is Perfect! The music has that alternative, chill, yet intense sound. The lyrics are amazing. Friendly Fires is a great Band. Read more
Published on December 14, 2011 by Gamer Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars You will not be able to sit still to 1 of the best new bands of the...
wow, this is the catchiest band I've heard in a while! I merely stumbled upon them while seeing the "Skeleton Boy" video playing at the mall in the summer of 2009... Read more
Published on June 14, 2011 by Pessimystica
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Get A Chance To See These Guys Live, Do It!
I was introduced to these guys by a friend on a music blog site I belong to. It took me awhile to catch on to them after I saw a few videos of theirs but once I got them, I was... Read more
Published on December 26, 2009 by August
4.0 out of 5 stars Friendly Fires (Deluxe Edition)
I have itunes to thank for introducing me to Friendly Fires. Just in case you didn't know, itunes offers free music every Tuesday. Every now and again....it's really good. Read more
Published on November 24, 2009 by Thomas Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best CD of 2008 now comes w/ AMAZING Extras!
I've already reviewed this CD-- It's the the BEST CD of 2008...Now We are offered a Deluxe Version that includes Videos of all of the singles (Except the Original version of... Read more
Published on November 4, 2009 by Charles Alexander
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
The same groove and tempo for each song isn't going to cut it.. This album is highly forgettable aside from two songs.
Published on October 17, 2009 by Ian Merritt
4.0 out of 5 stars A Scissor Sisters that is not shameful to admit
I was very pissed off that the main single "Kiss of Love" is only on the deluxe edition, but a few weeks later I simmered down to see this is a nice album of a sort of Elton John... Read more
Published on September 24, 2009 by Jason Harrington
1.0 out of 5 stars not very good
i was dissapointed in this album, it wasnt very good. boring to say the least.
Published on September 22, 2009 by J. morton
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best UK Group in a long long time.
I discovered Friendly Fires when iTunes showcased the video for Skeleton Boy for free. I figured it's free, I'll try it. Sure enough, four months later, I am loving this CD. Read more
Published on September 4, 2009 by M. Levi
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