Friendly Fires

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
On their self-titled debut, Friendly Fires serve up a very slick -- and very appealing -- mix of synth pop and dance-rock with unexpected nods to shoegaze that suggest their hard-edged, nu-rave sound might blur into something more interesting. The band crafts a big, hooky sound that loves melody, rhythms, and choruses equally, especially on "Jump in the Pool," which is just as fun and refreshing as its title suggests (the tropical-sounding drum breaks don't hurt), and "In the Hospital," a sleek track that sounds like the D.F.A. collaborating with Franz Ferdinand on an especially poppy day. For the rest of Friendly Fires, the band switches between these two approaches, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
On their self-titled debut, Friendly Fires serve up a very slick -- and very appealing -- mix of synth pop and dance-rock with unexpected nods to shoegaze that suggest their hard-edged, nu-rave sound might blur into something more interesting. The band crafts a big, hooky sound that loves melody, rhythms, and choruses equally, especially on "Jump in the Pool," which is just as fun and refreshing as its title suggests (the tropical-sounding drum breaks don't hurt), and "In the Hospital," a sleek track that sounds like the D.F.A. collaborating with Franz Ferdinand on an especially poppy day. For the rest of Friendly Fires, the band switches between these two approaches, and while they do a pretty good job of bringing the punk-funk, particularly on "Lovesick," this is very familiar territory that the band doesn't embellish much -- and "On Board" and "Photobooth" narrowly avoid coming off as parodies of that sound. Friendly Fires are more convincing, and more intriguing, when they give into their lush pop side. "Strobe"'s aptly shimmering guitars, flickering keyboards, and almost ridiculously pretty melody nod to M83 and New Order, and the band saves the best for last with "Ex Lover," which pits steep, tone-bending guitars and sleepy vocals against brisk dance beats, suggesting what Chapterhouse might have sounded like if they were actually influenced by house. As it stands, Friendly Fires seem to be influenced by dream pop and whatever trend is big in dance music -- "Skeleton Boy"'s bleepy keyboards borrow from the 8-bit craze -- but when the results are as immediate as this album is at its best, it's hard to slam them too much for being derivative; better just to enjoy Friendly Fires as fleeting fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2008
  • Label: Xl Recordings
  • UPC: 634904038328
  • Catalog Number: 40383
  • Sales rank: 112,939

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jump in the Pool (3:37)
  2. 2 In the Hospital (3:51)
  3. 3 Paris (3:55)
  4. 4 White Diamonds (4:12)
  5. 5 Strobe (3:05)
  6. 6 On Board (3:43)
  7. 7 Lovesick (3:54)
  8. 8 Skeleton Boy (3:33)
  9. 9 Photobooth (3:24)
  10. 10 Ex Lover (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Friendly Fires Primary Artist
Rebecca Willis Flute
Edward Gibson Group Member
Jack Savidge Group Member
Jake Painter Trumpet
Technical Credits
Jimmy Robertson Engineer
Rich Costey Engineer
Kevin Metcalfe Mastering
Paul Epworth Producer
Jon Beasley Artwork
Philip Morais Management
Friendly Fires Composer
Edward Macfarlane Audio Production
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