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Pala [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 (16 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: XL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,278 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Live Those Days Tonight 5:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Blue Cassette 3:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Running Away 3:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Hawaiian Air 4:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Hurting 5:020.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Show Me Lights 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. True Love 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Pull Me Back To Earth 3:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Chimes 4:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Helpless 4:290.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

When a hip hop stalwart like ?uestlove expresses vigorous approval of three white boys from St Albans, they must be doing something right. The esteemed Roots drummer/producer’s own crew appear as the house band on US show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, yet he felt moved to tweet surprise and admiration at Friendly Fires’ March performance of Live Those Days Tonight.

For the show’s recording the tropical banger, which opens Pala in striking fashion, was augmented with carnival percussion, a sound Friendly Fires have been working towards in earnest since the release of their excellent eponymous debut album. When that first record was married with the trio’s sweaty, frantic live shows, any listener with a pulse could be in no doubt of the band’s scorching future.

Pala, though, takes the lead from terrific 2009 single Kiss of Life. It’s more about garlands and suntans than the New Order synths and straight four-to-the-floor beats of old. Blue Cassette, an utterly joyful parade of polyrhythms and wonky loops overseen by stellar producer Paul Epworth, epitomises the album. When Ed Macfarlane sings, "As I hear your voice, it sets my heart on fire," only the soberest of men and women won’t want to parade around in revealing swimwear and drizzle viscous, mango-flavoured fluids on themselves. It’s swiftly succeeded by Running Away, a more sedate and sophisticated track but still defiantly beachy, like The Invisible playing volleyball.

Soon, Hurting takes things in a different direction. There are narcotic waves of blissful Washed Out drone crossed with more Macfarlane emoting, this time in an early-80s pop-soul manner. It’s the greatest song you’ve never heard on your hairdressers’ stereo. Elsewhere, for fans disappointed (so far) with the lack of anthems akin to On Board, there is True Love. Here you’ll find a nifty Edd Gibson bassline and Ibiza piano house chords in the breakdown; there will probably be babies conceived to it before the summer is out.

Friendly Fires have already proved themselves, but this second effort is a mighty step upwards. It is another terrific, clattering celebration of an album that sounds nothing like its peers, but hopefully will be rewarded with sales to dwarf Lady Gaga’s. That may be ridiculously unlikely, but the best thing about Pala is that it leaves you thinking anything might be possible.

--Lou Thomas

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute stunner of an album. 20 July 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What to say, where to start... the eighties influences are there, and if you close your eyes you can imagine snatches of Scritti Politi a la "cupid and psyche", level 42, Duran Duran even... but this recording has its own life and identity.
From the moment I slipped it into the player on its first spin right to the end I had a huge grin on my face. Just an amazing piece of music with beats and rhythms to really lose yourself in. For me the title track, and Blue Cassette and Hawaiian Air are the stand-outs.... but really there isn't a bad not all the way through.
Sit in the sun, open something cold and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars yes son 29 Sep 2013
By melissa
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i got this shortly after seeing friendly fires live. it's an excellent album, a bit more varied i found than their last one and overall just good. get it son.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD 12 April 2013
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Thank you for this Great CD. Thoroughly enjoyed it and is always on my IPod. I love the drumming and the mood of the music.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't stop playing this album! 20 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
... and because I am no one to you this probably means nothing. But I think everyone gets an album like this maybe once a year (or twice if you're lucky). It is an absolute physical and mental joy to fall in love with the truly excellent music on Friendly Fires' second album. Just before I hit play for the first time I worried momentarily that they would not out do, or even level, with their first album but - what a watse of ten seconds. I was hooked with the first song from radio play, and then as I listened entranced to the second, third, fourth... album track I knew this was my album of the year. The rhythms and riffs automatically get your ass shaking like you're in the middle of a field surrounded by bright sunshine, loud music and other drunken dancing people. I honestly can't stop listening to it and truth be told I am in the debt of my wonderful boyfriend for putting this on pre-order and giving me the best musical surprise ever (unless he gets us big chill tickets...) Big love and enjoy y'all! Friendly fires forever!! Go shake that ass!!!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Friendly Fires made their debut in 2009 with their phenomenally beautiful album self-titled. It displayed a band up and coming and with their distinctful sounds of Samba/Dance/Retro Pop and Electronic Synth it was literally an album that defined the summer of that year and many many more to come!

Pala has really set them a brand new standard. Based on the fictional tale of a fictional paradise, this album really presents a luscious visual display with their music and vocals, this sense of this Amazonian paradise fuelled with colour and sweaty musk with a few ounces of glitter to match.

Pala is a sensational album not only due to it really delivering on all angles but also it really reflects the sounds of the 1980 Synth Pop....think Madonna meets Prince meets New Wave style massive anthemic top standard Pop tunes. And the rise of Dance/Club music across that decade. It is melancholic and blissful yet also experimental with its sounds.

There is also a distinctful 90s sound, the trip Hop vibe of Bjork, the Ray Of Light meets Music Electronica of Madonna, the massive Island music uprising across that decade, maybe some Primal Scream and Moby summery styles of sonics. And even Ed Macfarlane said himself some 90s Boy Band influences there too.

This is the sound that will define the year as a whole and possibly for the rest of the decade! It is so very Friendly Fires in delivery, you can dance and you can connect with each beat, bassline, unearthly vocal of Ed! It really is hauntingly beautiful.

Live Those Days Tonight has proved to be an up and coming summer anthem on the radio, empowering and defining.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will be my album of the summer! 8 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
Love it! Recall a description someone made that the band are like Daft Punk's indy love child...most definitely! Would recommend strongly, can't wait to see them in concert!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great album 8 Mar 2012
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Yet again they have given the world some more amazing tunes.
This album is just as great as their first.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect present 22 Jan 2012
By Babs44
Format:Audio CD
I bought this as a Christmas present for my 23 year old daughter who had only heard one track off it, Blue Cassette, but loved it. She now plays it all the time and says it's the best cd she has had for ages.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Smashed Case
Great CD with great tunes - I often listen to it on the way to football games - but the case was more fragile than Abou Diaby and fell apart instantly.
Published 6 months ago by max clunie
1.0 out of 5 stars A very difficult second album
After really enjoying their first album, this was a disappointment with not a memorable song on it. The best part of the CD is the striking picture on the front of the CD case,... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Sam
1.0 out of 5 stars Insultingly bland
It was amazingly insipid. This is Landfill Indie with synths. I imagine a lot of people consider this to sound beautiful. They are mistaken. It's really, really bland. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2012 by BS on parade
5.0 out of 5 stars SPLENDOROUS AND BRIGHT!
FRIENDLY FIRES and its sonic sphere Pala has been elected idem: GROUP OF THE YEAR and ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2011 by the radio show in Perú:2001_ONETHOUSANDYEARSAFTER AND... Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2012 by HELENE RAMOS
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album
Good album, really quick delivery service, product arrived in good condition. Album is quite 'dancey' but still a good indie album.
Published on 19 Sep 2011 by Ms. Rebecca Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Dream pop dance anyone?
FF leave the NWONR (1) quagmire unscathed to deliver this summer-y album that retains only the best bits of Talk Talk (circa 'Such A Shame' without the "big sound"), Kajagoogoo... Read more
Published on 26 July 2011 by Stan FREDO
4.0 out of 5 stars Tropical Progress
I was a big fan of their 2008 Eponymous Album and their raw energy live on stage was great to see in Person towards the latter years of the previous decade. Read more
Published on 25 July 2011 by A. Faulkner
5.0 out of 5 stars Friendly Fires Pala
Get's better with each listen, well worth the wait, just a shame they didn't include Kiss of Life on here.
Published on 17 July 2011 by Mrs B
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