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Pala

Pala

May 24, 2011
4.8 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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By Andrew Vice on May 26, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Friendly Fires is a electronic dance rock band from cloudy old England, but you wouldn't know it from the way they shake their asses. Indeed, they have far more in common with dance pop contemporaries like Cut Copy than their regional fellows such as the Big Pink. Like Cut Copy's brilliant "Zonoscope" or Passion Pit's "Manners," "Pala" explores dance pop and rock with a strong tropical vibe, hearkened to by the saturated cover art, but they do so without the art and intrigue that Cut Copy are known for or the immediate pop satisfaction that Passion Pit provides. "Pala" is a decidedly "dance" album, and wisely so, as the band sticks to doing what it did best on their self-titled debut: big hooks, memorable beats, and unassuming summer-fun lyrics. There is not a lot to get lost in with this record, but there is a lot to hear, with every track completely bursting with sound and texture from scratchy, bright guitars, vintage synths, and echoing drum hits. "Pala" plays in very familiar territory for Friendly Fires, but it's fun territory and exactly the kind of music we need as we head into a long hot summer full of beer, sangria, and pool parties. Spin this record and people will a) dance and b) want to know where they can pick it up, and for a band like Friendly Fires, there is no greater compliment.
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No long review here... Nothing bad to say at all. As with their debut self-titled album, I gave it five stars. Their sophomore effort - Pala - Just as much and more! It's relevant, meaningful, dance-a-licious, infectious, and innovative to the max! Every song brings it's game and wins. I feel Friendly Fires will be sticking around for quite some time. I hope they do, because they are in my top 10 bands of this century. I recommend this album that is full of shiny dance-rock!
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I was recommended this album because I happen to enjoy the band MUSE, and I have to say that while their music is similar, Friendly Fires definitely has a unique sound that is all their own. This album is full of powerfully fun upbeat tracks such as "Blue Cassette," "Show Me Lights" and "Live Those Days Tonight." There are also haunting, melodic tracks such as "Pala." There's a song for every mood on this album and it
s definitely one I can listen to start to finish. These guys have an amazing sound that stays with you long after you turn off the album. You'll be coming back for more in no time! I'm definitely going to pick up their self titled debut album after hearing this one :)
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High energy, masterful synth work, brilliant vocals. There aren't many albums in this sub-genre that I like - most are too cloying, predictable or aggressively mainstream. But this I can work with. Recalls New Order, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran a little, but much more punchy than all three.

Wonder how they can pull this off live - so many tracks.
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Friendly Fires' latest sticks in the same direction of their last release and that's not a problem. In fact, I find Pala a bit more cohesive. If you're a fan of 80's synthpop and new wave, you may want to give this a listen. They have a refreshing take on that sound, adding Brazilian-like carnival style drumming with funky double-stop guitars. All the tracks are crafted so well, but I'm particularly liking "Live Those Days Tonight", "Hawaiian Air" and "Pull Me Back To Earth". I'm going to be wearing this one out...
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I'm pretty surprised that more people haven't reviewed "Pala" thus far. This album practically begs to be played all summer. My favorite tracks are "Live Those Days Tonight" & "Hurting", but almost every song is great. My only criticism has to do with my least favorite track, "Helpless": If it had been left off, the album would be virtually spotless. You should definitely check it out!
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Friendly Fires was a band on my radar that I always kept wondering about after hearing their debut album. That particular record had some great songs on it but a few were a bit mediocre or sounded like they needed work. Cut to 2011 and they seemingly popped up out of nowhere on an episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, performing "Live These Days Tonight" a few months before their new album was supposed to come out.

I expected to hear some sort of new kind of dance rock with a running bassline, static drumline and some catchy vocals...but nothing more, nothing out of the ordinary. Instead, I got treated to something unexpected: the instruments were all over the place, the bass firing like a gun when it was needed, a drumline that was far from static and sounded like a coked out Miami tribal drum circle, piano hits crashing. But the main ingredient turned out to be the upheld prominence of lead singer Ed Macfarlane.

He gave something far beyond a catchy vocal line; he gave something that you wanted to shout out loud when you're walking around the block, when you're waiting in line at a coffee shop, when you're driving on your way to work. And trust me, I was that person, catching myself unconsciously singing the hook to that song that I had only heard one single time. Suddenly, I was quite a bit excited about this new Friendly Fires record...even if I still didn't know what the rest of it would sound like.

The result blew me away. "Blue Cassette" shows some surprisingly catchy sampling that bursts into a gang of tribal drums, pounding away as if Ed was preaching the gospel to a sea of synthesizer pads. Rubbery basslines poked through the surface while also providing a delicious heft of energetic funk.
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