Pala - Friendly Fires
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  • Summary: The British dance trio's second album was produced by Paul Epworth.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 91
    The indie dance act hits those heights [of single "Blue Cassette"] 10 more times. [27 May 2011, p.79]
  2. May 24, 2011
    83
    Pala feels like a great shindig-starter, complete with wiggly, disco basslines and subtext-free lyrics like "All I want is to feel true love."
  3. May 16, 2011
    80
    What we have in Pala is not some great band reinvention, or some desperately profound effort; it's giant choruses, relatable lyrics, a million earworm riffs and 11 dance anthems.
  4. May 31, 2011
    80
    Naturally, each successive track is more feel-goody than the last; every chorus is a confessional, a burst floodgate, a pleasure in a few minutes.
  5. May 23, 2011
    70
    I'd never advise any one to turn off their brain when listening to a record, but Friendly Fires certainly seem to encourage this. The euphoric dawn rising off their island getaway is mighty persuasive.
  6. May 26, 2011
    70
    Ultimately, it's a comfort zone guaranteed to get bodies on the dancefloor, and it becomes difficult to argue predictability verses innovation with a drink in your hand and a groove in your step.
  7. 40
    Friendly Fires' follow-up to their Mercury-nominated debut is a huge disappointment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Aug 10, 2011
    10
    Forest and Matt have got it all wrong. Track for track, the only song from "self-titled" that exceeds ANY of the songs on Pala is "Jump in the Pool". Other than that, Pala is WAYYYYYYYYY better. Better hooks, better tone, better production, better EVERYTHING. This is a definite step forward for this band. Collapse
  2. Jan 12, 2012
    9
    There's so much music coming at you from all directions that sometimes all behind your control you miss out on some of the good stuff. Why haven't I discovered this album during summer?! So bright, so unapologetically pop, so much fun! An unlistenable crap like Teenage Dream produces 5 #1 hits and this doesn't?! For another reference point it is also better than Cut Copy's Zonoscope, because it is preoccupied with abundant joy than contrivance. Expand
  3. May 28, 2011
    5
    Disappointing. Far from being a poor album but lacks almost all of the charm and the joyfully careless attitude that pulsated through the speakers on their self-titled debut. It seems like they are making a record that they feel they should make, rather than one they want to make. Also, practically no shoegaze elements which gave them an added depth. Musical progression is essential but this seems far more unimaginitive than their first. Expand
  4. Jun 23, 2011
    5
    Other than Hawaiian Air not much else works on this album. It is a cliche term but this album was overproduced. Back off the mixing board and write a decent song first. Expand