Evil Friends

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  • Summary: The eighth full-length studio release for the psychedelic rock band was produced by Danger Mouse.
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  • Record Label: Atlantic
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Oct 4, 2013
    89
    Sure, they're not very hip, but Portugal the Man are anything but slouches, and Evil Friends is proof that some bands get big for being good, nothing else.
  2. Jun 7, 2013
    80
    Portugal. The Man have created something special with Evil Friends. The core songwriting and performances are top notch, and Danger Mouse’s input adds a plethora of valuable modifications and ideas.
  3. Jun 20, 2013
    80
    It is by far their most focused and polished album, and Danger Mouse makes sure that everything is sonically smooth (even if a few feel almost like Broken Bells b-sides).
  4. Jun 4, 2013
    75
    Where Broken Bells is pensive and slow, Evil Friends is hyper-caffeinated and energetic, and better for it.
  5. Jun 4, 2013
    70
    For creating something as fresh and strong as this at album number eight, Portugal. The Man deserve to be applauded.
  6. Under The Radar
    Jun 13, 2013
    65
    The album boasts a fuller sound than previous albums as well as some strong moments, but does not boast anything as immediately memorable, as previous works have. [Jun-Jul 2013, p.89]
  7. 35
    The songs themselves don’t shine through the production.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jun 7, 2013
    10
    Growing up in England with a music obsessed father from Liverpool, meant I was exposed to The Beatles at an early age. In my teenage years,Growing up in England with a music obsessed father from Liverpool, meant I was exposed to The Beatles at an early age. In my teenage years, living just outside of Manchester I had Oasis. I hear inspiration from both of these bands in PTM.
    They have written seven albums in eight years, displaying subtle variance, growth and continuity. Their last album 'In the mountain in the cloud' wasn't adventurous enough, for a band with their creativity. Collaborating with Danger Mouse has really brought out the best in PTM. I could listen to this album all day, everyday. It has the songs, the production, great musicianship, thoughtful lyrics and a brings a fresh new style with it.
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  2. Apr 6, 2014
    10
    Before the release of Evil Friends, I had one or two Portugal. The Man songs that I had heard, like many fans, from the FIFA video games.Before the release of Evil Friends, I had one or two Portugal. The Man songs that I had heard, like many fans, from the FIFA video games. Because of this, I gave Evil Friends a shot and decided to give it a listen. What I found is one of my favorite albums of all time, every single song is a great listen, with a wide variety of sounds for different listeners, if you can get used to the vocals. This album is simply perfection Expand
  3. Jun 5, 2013
    10
    Been a Portugal the man fan for a couple of years now, but there has not been a better album then what they made with Danger Mouse. This albumBeen a Portugal the man fan for a couple of years now, but there has not been a better album then what they made with Danger Mouse. This album is flawless and the song styles range from arena rock (Atomic Man) to slow smooth songs (Waves. This album is spectacular. Expand
  4. Jun 4, 2013
    10
    Hadn't heard of Portugal. The Man before I listened to this album but am so glad I know them now! The album is the perfect mix of catchyHadn't heard of Portugal. The Man before I listened to this album but am so glad I know them now! The album is the perfect mix of catchy hooks, Thought-provoking lyrics, Impressive Instrumentals, and of course great production from Danger Mouse! Expand
  5. Jun 6, 2013
    9
    Loved it. It's not as dreamy, flashy and psychedelic as In The Mountain In The Cloud and employs an overall more mainstream approach to theLoved it. It's not as dreamy, flashy and psychedelic as In The Mountain In The Cloud and employs an overall more mainstream approach to the sound but nevertheless the result is superb. What truly moves an album forward is the same sense of pompous epicness from the sound and the vocals combined as on the previous one. An incredible collection of catchy pop-rock songs and yet another great album from Portugal.The Man.
    P.S. If you want a instantly-great song that will grab you from the first time you hear and make you buy an album, listen to Hip-Hop Kids.
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  6. Sep 28, 2013
    9
    I had never heard their previous albums so come to this fresh. And fresh it is. Great songs,great production and a unique style that managesI had never heard their previous albums so come to this fresh. And fresh it is. Great songs,great production and a unique style that manages to wear their influences on the sleeve but hold its own integrity. I will be checking out the back catalogue Expand
  7. Feb 4, 2014
    6
    I enjoyed this album a lot at first, but then I realized I was only listening to 5 songs. The good songs on this album are incredible and theI enjoyed this album a lot at first, but then I realized I was only listening to 5 songs. The good songs on this album are incredible and the bad songs are just plain bad; it is mainly the lyrics that ruin them with lines such as "you can't fight a war with nobody to fight back" on Waves. Danger Mouse does his job on this album with fantastic music and Gourley just fails to fill it in. The songs to listen to are Atomic Man, Evil Friends, Modern Jesus, Purple, Yellow, Red and Blue, and Creep in a T-shirt. After finally really listening to it this album just doesn't match up with Satanic Satanist or In the Mountain in the Cloud. Expand

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