Evil Friends [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Portugal. The Man found the opportunity to work with Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton so important that they scrapped two weeks of recording -- and eight of ten new songs -- in order to start fresh. Changing studio locations from El Paso to Danger Mouse's headquarters in L.A., the collaboration has resulted in the band's most accessible and "mainstream" recording to date. The punchy, rhythm-driven elements in Danger Mouse's production style create an elastic tension when contrasted with the band's loopy, hooky, guitar-centric, psych rock sound. He doesn't change that sound, but he brightens it, adds textural layers, and makes it more dynamic and punchy. Set-opener "Plastic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Portugal. The Man found the opportunity to work with Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton so important that they scrapped two weeks of recording -- and eight of ten new songs -- in order to start fresh. Changing studio locations from El Paso to Danger Mouse's headquarters in L.A., the collaboration has resulted in the band's most accessible and "mainstream" recording to date. The punchy, rhythm-driven elements in Danger Mouse's production style create an elastic tension when contrasted with the band's loopy, hooky, guitar-centric, psych rock sound. He doesn't change that sound, but he brightens it, adds textural layers, and makes it more dynamic and punchy. Set-opener "Plastic Soldiers" reveals that John Gourley's songwriting, with its wonderfully idiosyncratic world view, remains loaded with signifiers from rock's rich past. Strummed acoustic guitar and synth offer a dreamy intro. A little more than a minute later, the snare and handclaps enter, as do an all but hidden squiggly synth, and strings; the tempo picks up and the groove contrasts sharply with the tune's lyrics. "Creep in a T-Shirt," with its treated vocals, piano, whompy electronic keyboards, and synth horns, offers the trace elements of R&B while never leaving the psych behind. "Purple Yellow Red and Blue" is fingerpopping time -- it's almost funky with a popping bassline, low-end breakbeats, almost shimmering acoustic guitars, chorus-style vocals, a chugging B-3, and piano -- while "Hip Hop Kids" one of the two songs they kept and re-recorded isn't, its use of the genre's tight, skittering rhythm, which drives a sprawling meld of distorted electric guitars and washed-out keyboards, is an example of the expansive elements that Danger Mouse brings to the rockist bent in P.TM's aesthetic. The album's hinge track, "Atomic Man," shows the other side: a driving rocker with a near chanted backing chorus and fuzzed-out guitars is brightened considerably with a meaty rim shot snare. Though album-closer "Smile" may be the set's least commercial track, it may also be the finest moment on the entire record. In just under five minutes it combines languid balladry, Baroque pop, a rhythm collision, screaming guitars, and strings. Evil Friends offers ample evidence that the match between Portugal. The Man and Burton expanded the horizons of both parties and will likely heighten the band's profile considerably.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/2013
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678731891
  • Catalog Number: 535125
  • Sales rank: 10,260

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Plastic Soldiers (5:04)
  2. 2 Creep in a T-Shirt (3:54)
  3. 3 Evil Friends (3:36)
  4. 4 Modern Jesus (3:14)
  5. 5 Hip Hop Kids (3:28)
  6. 6 Atomic Man (3:48)
  7. 7 Sea of Air (4:22)
  8. 8 Waves (4:52)
  9. 9 Holy Roller (Hallelujah) (3:21)
  10. 10 Someday Believers (3:54)
  11. 11 Purple Yellow Red and Blue (4:11)
  12. 12 Smile (4:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Portugal. The Man Primary Artist
Phil Peterson Guest Appearance
Brian Burton Guest Appearance
Sonny Diperri Guest Appearance
Este Haim Guest Appearance
Danielle Haim Guest Appearance
Mark Einhorn Guest Appearance
Flora Peterson Guest Appearance
Chris Vanacore Guest Appearance
Chet Peterson Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Danger Mouse Composer, Programming, Producer
Casey Bates Engineer
Portugal. The Man Composer
Todd Monfalcone Engineer
Rich Holtzman Management
John Gourley Layout
Kennie Takahashi Programming, Engineer
Sonny Diperri Producer, Engineer
Manny Calderon Engineer
Austin Sellers Layout
Laura Sisk Engineer
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