Friendly Fires - Friendly Fires (4 stars)

Friendly Fires - Friendly Fires

(XL Recordings)


This has been a while coming. With the recent flutter of cerebral pop acts with one eye firmly on the dancefloor, it was only a matter of time before the once-ubiquitous cowbell worked its way back into the mix – DFA would approve. This record bursts at the seams with subtle percussive strikes and a deft, intelligent production that belies Friendly Fires’ relative youth.

This stomping vitality is smartly set against a wash of sun-blushed synths and crooning Prince vocals. It’s an arresting combination. making it hard to believe that this isn’t the sound of summer released six weeks too late.


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