Friendly Fires - Inflorescent
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2019 Ratings: #662 / 759
User Score
Based on 93 ratings
2019 Ratings: #565
Liked by 1 person
August 16, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor / Label
Dance Pop, Nu-Disco / Genres
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Northern Transmissions

It’s like Friendly Fires has awoken from a coma; they’re still the same samba indebted party boys that hit you right in the dancing shoes and the heart, but the world they’ve re-entered isn’t the same.

After so long in hibernation, it's great to have Friendly Fires back. Get on your Hawaiian shirt, get down to a show and throw some shapes.
The Guardian
It’s true that any album this laced with optimism is bound to feel slightly blinkered in the current climate – but by burying their heads in the sand, Friendly Fires prove they can be a much-needed source of release once again.

This skillful balance of consistency and surprises -- as well as the past, present, and future of dance, indie, and pop -- makes Inflorescent a more than welcome return.

This is as tropical and kaleidoscopic as Friendly Fires have ever been. It’s akin to gobbling an entire pack of Fruit Pastilles; colourful, maybe a little sickly, but you sure as hell want to experience it again.
Loud and Quiet
It’s just fine, and that’s all there is to it. No individual song here is bad. They’re as easy to hear without listening to as an air conditioner or a car rolling down a quiet street, and are just as easily forgotten.
The Independent

Friendly Fires have never wanted to fit in with trends, making catchy indie dance-pop even when Razorlight were busy appearing on the covers of NME every other week. But as it continues, Inflorescent becomes less an act of creative daring, and more a case of “who is this even for?”

Friendly Fires remain knowingly cheesy and in-your-face and their Technicolor live shows will continue to thrill regardless. The worst part of ‘Inflorescent’ is that you won’t hate it; you’ll just forget you’ve even listened to it.
So as the resident Friendly Fires fanboy, I guess I should probably put in my two cents for their new album, which I have been waiting for for the better part of 7 years now since I discovered Pala, one of my favorite albums OAT.

Okay, so I wasn't waiting for 7 years. I had actually thought that they had disbanded for good after the release of Pala, so I wasn't really expecting anything new at all. However, I was happy; I had Pala (which you guys should definitely listen to!). However, when ... read more
Some really good songs in this one. Probably won’t be a classic like Pala, but the singles were good in their own right and you can't ask for much more in a comeback record. The album doesn’t really tie everything together so well, but the songs are far too catchy for some of the poor reviews from journalists, you either like it or you don’t... I think the 4 single choices were well made, although Lack of Love was very weird in contrast. I get many 80s, 90s and of course 00s ... read more
Inflorescent is probably my least favourite album from the band, as it tries to be a cool indie dance record but feels quite stitled. The real culprit is the lyrics as at times they are cheesy and silly and feel written from the perspective of a tween rather than a grown man, however the production is a wonderful tropical-summer rave that saves most of the album.
High school me would have been in love with this. And honestly, I still really like it! It's just a lot of fun, I'll have it in rotation for the rest of the summer.
There's a common saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". Friendly Fires have returned once again and stuck to their guns blazing to the music what they are capable off in the past!
Yes, it may be safe and familiar in terms of their last albums, but their upbeats and samba-style aura doesn't let up.
It's not as cohesive as Pala, but if you're a true fan of this band and that don't like experimental changes that many bands opt to do this year, Inflorescent is an album for you.
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Track List

  1. Can't Wait Forever
  2. Heaven Let Me In
  3. Silhouettes
  4. Offline
  5. Sleeptalking
  6. Kiss and Rewind
  7. Love Like Waves
  8. Lack of Love
  9. Cry Wolf
  10. Almost Midnight
  11. Run the Wild Flowers
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Added on: June 24, 2019