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Friendly Fires, Friendly Fires [CD]

Friendly Fires Audio CD
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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, colourful 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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  • Audio CD (31 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: XL
  • ASIN: B002HWRMNC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,172 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Jump In The Pool
2. In The Hospital
3. Paris
4. Strobe
5. On Board
6. Lovesick
7. Skeleton Boy
8. White Diamonds
9. Photobooth
10. Ex Lover
Disc: 2
1. Friendly Fires Live At The Forum - 15th May 2009
2. Kiss Of Life (Video)
3. Jump In The Pool (Video)
4. Skeleton Boy (Video)
5. Paris (Video)
6. Jump In The Pool (Thin White Duke Remix)
7. White Diamonds (Ray Mang Remix)
8. Skeleton Boy (Air France Remix)

Product Description

Product Description

New 2 disc expanded version. Bonus 'dual' disc features the brand new single 'Kiss Of Life', as well as a collection of great remixes and alternate single versions on the audio side, and a film of the bands live show from the Forum on the DVD side.

Review

'The Band of the Summer'
-- Observer 19-8-09

Customer Reviews

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Mesmerizing... 17 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
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.

General Contents

Disk 1 - Friendly Fires Album
Disk 2 Side 1 - Remixes and Unreleased tracks, Side 2 - Live at the London Forum, Music Videos

Packaging

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

CD

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

DVD

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!

10/10
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A proper gem of an album...great fun 4 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
Been keeping tabs on Friendly Fires since hearing 'Paris' a year ago and saw them at Reading last month. Theres something about a band that not only knows how to use a cowbell but mixes styles - dance/house beats, 80's style singalong choruses,indie tunes that make you want to get up and dance along.

This is no nu-rave knock off, this is a band clearly having fun and mixing great style tempos doing their own thing. Definately check this band out as not only are they great live (Flaming Lips fun with streamers, tickertape etc) Buy this album as it is a gem. Go on 'Jump in the pool' with Friendly Fires, you won't want to get out for a while!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. Just brilliant. 15 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
When i got this, it had a sticker on it saying 'Zane Lowe - "The soundtrack to your Summer"' and it completely was. I love this album, full of punky, funky rhythms and syncopated beats. It's brilliant, although I do love 'Ex-Lover' slightly less than the rest of the album. but don't let that put you off.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD, Terrible Live DVD 2 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
The Audio CD is unquestionably one of the great CD's of 2008/9.

Having read recent reviews about the DVD being 10/10 I can only laugh. I went to the London Forum concert in May 2009 where this DVD was filmed and it was of the best concerts I have ever experienced - euphoric, edgy, enjoyable - you felt like you were at the forefront of the zeitgeist by being there.

The DVD that accompanies this CD is a diabolically bad record of that great event. 1/10

First of all the DVD is filmed in a bizarre ultra narrow 8:3 letterbox format, with the top third and bottom third of the screen not even used. This 8:3 letterbox then has two 4:3 images simultaneously shown on the left and the right. very annoying and completely ruins the enjoyment of what was a really impressive lighting show with lasers. Furthermore, the camaera keeps moving to strange views that you don't want to see. Apalling editing throughout - truly dismal. What on earth was the editor of this DVD thinking??

Sound is poor too - only recorded and mixed here in Dolby 2.0 stereo so you get none of the sense of atmosphere of the concert (around 95%) of music concert dvd's are eoncoded in Dolby 5.1 for this very reason so if you have a home theatre system you can truly get the true live experience. i wouldn't mind if it was just in stereo if it was good quality stereo - but it's a very flat and undynamic sound.

The Live DVD is a travesty of what was a great concert, and reall does Friendly Fires no favours. they are extremely good live - go and see them if you get the chance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I have some more please?! 13 Oct 2009
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
Not an awful lot to add to the other reviews here on amazon, but as real music lover, I have to say this album is superb! I would have given it 4 stars, but now I've listened to it for a couple of weeks it's really 'grown on me'.

Well worth getting the extended version for the re-mixes which are equally good! Turn it up and listen up.

Absolutely love Skeleton boy and it's re-mix.

I pity those in the minority who either 'don't get it' or simply haven't given it time...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, Great Sounds! 10 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
Only stumbled on this album after hearing skeleton boy on the radio and decided to take a chance and buy the album. Boy was I glad I did, the sounds these guys produce take me back to the great sounds of the 80's. You can clearly hear the influence of the 80's in their style, but with an update vibrant twist.

You sense from the music this trio make that they really enjoy the music they make and their sound is all the better for it. No real album fillers here, most of the songs could easily be singles in their own right. My personal favourite is White Diamonds, but Jump in the Pool, Paris, Lovesick and Skeleton Boy also stand out.

Can't really say more than what others have already said here other than go and buy it, you won't be disapointed. Great album, great sounds, give it a listen.

Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting sound
Brought this item after hearing skeleton boy why features in the ps3 basketball game nba2k12. The bands sound is almost an electro-indie vibe and is quite chilled out easy... Read more
Published 17 months ago by kennylbudd
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Friendly Fires
Great CD. The Friendly Fires have so much energy and their music makes you feel like smiling and having a dance.
Published 18 months ago by Mrs Sharon Walter
4.0 out of 5 stars Good modern album
Modern groups still manage to write and record decent albums. Hope you all enjoy and give them some publicity they deserve
Published 18 months ago by malmac
5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile
This is an album I can listen to no matter what mood I am in. It is perfect with a lot of hit singles in there. A good CD to play to get a party going. Read more
Published 19 months ago by claire coward
4.0 out of 5 stars Great edition
In this new world where physical CDs quite does not have its place in this world, but vynils are coming back as vintage, collector and serious iten, is good to notice that labels... Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2011 by Marco Dias
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer Anthems
Cracking album for the price paid. Managed to get the Double Disc edition too so even better, and all for under a fiver. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2011 by Big Red
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Sound of Summer - Friendly Fires....the BEST of British MUSIC!
Whilst hearing on the radio recently that Friendly Fires will be releasing Pala, a follow up to this sensational debut album, this summer 2011! i SCREAMED!!!! Read more
Published on 6 April 2011 by S. J. Pinder
5.0 out of 5 stars a definite 80s vibe....
Although I only downloaded the album recently, I had already listened to them live at UEA last year, supported by Hockey (who also have an album worth checking out/downloading... Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2010 by g0g0girl
4.0 out of 5 stars long time gone
Saw this group quite at random at bestival last year and had intended to listen to the album sooner - eight months was worth the unintentional wait. Read more
Published on 29 May 2010 by mister ged
5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant!!!
LOVE this album bought it this week service was great as always!
I can play this from beginning to end and love every track. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2010 by Ms. R. Richards
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