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- Pala by Friendly Fires
4/10 Clinton Staff review, 12 May 2011
Innovative, unexpected, futuristic. Just three words that can be used to describe the CD case - the CD pops out the top! Amazing. Unfortunately the music within sounds something like a Stock, Aitken and Waterman produced Curiosity Killed the Cat album. Uber commercial polished rave p(l)op. The thanks list on the sleeve is phenomenal- I've never met that many people in my whole life! Special thanks to Phil Collins for the syn-drum idea and Jamiroquai for guest scatting. There's a certain catchiness to some of the choruses which unveils some melodic sensibilities but overall its a brash modern technicolour pop album but a horribly soulless one. Not for me I guess.
9/10 Chris Waring Customer review, 8th June 2014
One of the most unashamedly summery albums in recent memory, this takes the template laid down on their first album - a uniquely British take on the LCD Soundsystem sound - and takes it in an even more glorious, melody-led, rhythm-conscious direction. Clearly brimming with confidence in the direction they've taken, they could have chosen any one of tracks off Pala as a single and had a hit with it.
Opener "Live Those Days Tonight" sets the bar high and it's infectious melody and hip-shaking rhythms are undeniable superior to anything they'd attempted before. You'll have succumbed well before the end. This is quite simply an album of outstanding songs, not just a few singles with some filler.
Make it the soundtrack to your summer, you won't be disappointed.
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