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Friendly Fires

September 2, 2008

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 23, 2008
  • Label: XL
  • Copyright: 2008 XL Recordings Ltd.
  • Total Length: 37:04
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  • ASIN: B001F3VF8W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,999 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

The album has a very upbeat tempo which moves things along quite well.
Jonathan Kim
Crisp cool exceptional vocals tied together with a tight arrangement and excellent production.
The Geekster of Planetgeek.net
I certainly recommend this album to anyone wanting to hear something new and energetic.
Luke Richards

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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By The Geekster of Planetgeek.net on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Falstaff on 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 5 people found the following review helpful By Luke Richards on February 22, 2009
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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 By Alexander Lawrence on January 16, 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Flores on 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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By Jonathan Kim on April 28, 2009
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The Friendly Fires self-titled debut is a blast. The sound is distinctively UK in nature and has a lot of hints of the 80's sound with its fusion of electronics and more traditional rock music. The album has a very upbeat tempo which moves things along quite well. I wouldn't say that this album is incredibly innovative, but their ability to make an awesome chorus on virtually every song on their CD seems unparalleled. They have hints of the other UK predecessors utilizing the occasional rawness of The Clash with the electronica of The Cure.

It'd be nice to see them get more attention in the States, but they've made their way onto my list of my favorite UK groups along with Radiohead, Muse, and Keane. Again, their album is worth a listen (see above listen section). Personal faves include "White Diamonds", "Lovesick", "Skeleton Boy" (check the music vid on youtube, low budget but entertaining), and "Paris".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brad Groux on 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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