Evil Friends - Portugal. The Man
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Universal acclaim- based on 46 Ratings

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  • Summary: The eighth full-length studio release for the psychedelic rock band was produced by Danger Mouse.
  • 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. 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: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jun 26, 2013
    10
    Thank you Spotify for introducing me to this group. The mix on this album is perfect. The combination of catchy lyrics with signature instrumentals makes this album a 10 in my book. Expand
  2. 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 album is flawless and the song styles range from arena rock (Atomic Man) to slow smooth songs (Waves. This album is spectacular. Expand
  3. 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, 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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  4. Aug 20, 2013
    10
    After falling off a bit with their last two albums, "American Ghetto" and "In the Mountain In the Cloud", Portugal. The Man returns with their seventh album "Evil Friends." With Danger Mouse on producing duties, PTM have managed to release their catchiest and one of their most fun albums to date. From the start to finish they mange to hold your attention with great instrumentals and John's delightful falsetto. Even when they venture into slightly political territory with "Waves" and "Smile" they do so in a way that doesn't seem overdone. "Atomic Man" and "Purple Yellow Red and Blue" are some highlights for their sheer catchiness and addictiveness with the latter possibly being one of the best songs in their catalogue. I recommend checking it out and hopefully you'll find yourself putting it on for many repeat listens. Expand
  5. 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 catchy hooks, Thought-provoking lyrics, Impressive Instrumentals, and of course great production from Danger Mouse! Expand
  6. Jun 6, 2013
    10
    I have been a long time fan of Portugal. the Man, and though they have become more and more influenced by the pop aesthetic, they continue to produce beautiful melodies and meaningful music. It also is incredibly catchy, hook-filled music, with choruses that will sink themselves into your subconscious. Not my favorite effort from P.tM, but still worthy of high praise. 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 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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