Friendly Fires - Pala
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2011 Ratings: #355 / 909
User Score
Based on 41 ratings
2011 Ratings: #97
May 24, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
XL / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH

It seems Pala is Friendly Fires' successful attempt to translate their positivity-injected carnival live performances into a record.

80
Drowned in Sound

What we have in Pala is not some great band reinvention, or some desperately profound effort; it’s giant choruses, relatable lyrics, a million earworm riffs and 11 dance anthems.

70
PopMatters

Pala is both delightfully cheesy and embarrassingly so.

70
Consequence of Sound

There’s no arguing that this is anything but pure, unadulterated fun.

Cosmilk
90
Nostalgia has completely eviscerated any critical thoughts I can put into this. It BOPS.
acidacidacid
97
One of the best Alternative Dance albums with a strong summery 80's vibe, amazing hooks, creative pop writing and a impressive consistency.

Live Those Days Tonight - 9.2
Blue Cassette - 8.8
Running Away - 9.5
Hawaiian Air - 9.3
Hurting - 10
Pala - 9.7
Show Me Lights - 9.6
True Love - 9.2
Pull Me Back to Earth - 9.7
Chimes - 9.8
Hurting - 10
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#14/The Fly
#30/NME
#31/musicOMH
#38/Under the Radar
#39/No Ripcord

MISC LISTS

#30/Old Waver

Track List

  1. Live Those Days Tonight 
  2. Blue Cassette 
  3. Running Away 
  4. Hawaiian Air 
  5. Hurting 
  6. Pala 
  7. Show Me Lights 
  8. True Love 
  9. Pull Me back to Earth 
  10. Chimes 
  11. Helpless
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