When I first saw Friendly Fires on Jools Holland all those moons ago, I was mesmerized by Ed's hips and of course the music. After seeing them play the Glasgow ABC in May (which was my second best gig of the year), I just had to purchase the expanded album.
Disk 1 - Friendly Fires Album
Disk 2 Side 1 - Remixes and Unreleased tracks, Side 2 - Live at the London Forum, Music Videos
The sleeve gives the album a nice touch as on the normal version it didn't really shout out that this is a friendly fires album. I would have prefered to have had three disks instead of two as when using the double-sided disk there is more risk of scratching. The sleevenotes are a bit plain with no lyrics. 9/10
The album itself is a cool, funky 80's inspired music fest with highlights being 'Jump In The Pool', 'Skeleton Boy' and 'Paris'. However, all the songs on this are gems and the album itself is worth five stars. The second CD is also great, with the single 'Kiss of Life' and unreleased tracks 'Relationships' and 'Bored Of Each Other'. The remixes are well-balanced and give a fresh approach to the album. 10/10
I was really pleased with the DVD. The Live at the London Forum is fantastic. The camera work is good, the sound is sharp and clear and it flows well. The music videos are essentials really but they are really good quality. 10/10
Overall, the expanded album is worth every penny which by the way, is good value for money. Even the little bit of annoyance over the disks is totally outshined with the contents and presentation of it. Go Buy It, Right Now!