Review: Friendly Fires, ‘Pala’



Review: Friendly Fires, ‘Pala’: Aidin Vaziri | It took a few weeks to rubber-stamp, but if there’s just one album worth burning off the final embers of summer with, it’s Friendly Fires’ “Pala.” On its second full-length release, the jittery British dance music trio celebrates high-definition debauchery and escape, fueled by a soundtrack that draws on the more euphoric end of ’80s pop. In “Live Those Days Tonight,” the band laments missing out on the rave era by re-creating it in fine detail for the future; in the manic “Hawaiian Air,” singer Ed Macfarlane suffers through a dreadful flight (“Watching a film with a talking dog”) for the payoff of bursting to life on the beach (“Can I take this all in?”); and in the sweltering “Show Me Lights,” he dutifully chases the neon in the dark. But it’s infinitely joyous songs such as “Blue Cassette” and “Hurting” that will suck in listeners so fully that more than one steak may sit charring on the grill while the chef goes flapping his arms and cavorting around the garden.

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