Evil Friends

Portugal. The Man - Evil Friends
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2013 Ratings: #674 / 958
User Score
Based on 143 ratings
2013 Ratings: #73
June 3, 2013 / Release Date
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Atlantic / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

88
Paste

Danger Mouse’s fingerprints are all over all of these songs, and it’s easy to see parallels with some of his other projects, but in many ways Evil Friends is the most quintessentially Portugal. The Man album the band has released. It’s also undoubtedly their best.

80
PopMatters

The core songwriting and performances are top notch, and Danger Mouse’s input adds a plethora of valuable modifications and ideas.

80
No Ripcord

On Evil Friends, they have sharpened their sound and brought a sterling batch of songs. It is by far their most focused and polished album, and Danger Mouse makes sure that everything is sonically smooth

75
A.V. Club

Evil Friends is Portugal. The Man’s catchiest, most confident, and diverse record yet.

70
AllMusic

The punchy, rhythm-driven elements in Danger Mouse's production style create an elastic tension when contrasted with the band's loopy, hooky, guitar-centric, psych rock sound.

70
DIY

For creating something as fresh and strong as this at album number eight, Portugal. The Man deserve to be applauded.

70
Consequence of Sound

Although they’ve been carefully walking the line between indie stronghold and mainstream single machine, Evil Friends is easily Portugal. The Man’s breakthrough album, amplifying pop sensibilities and executing them in their fullest Technicolor forms.

65
Under The Radar

The album, which evokes Electric Guest (another Danger Mouse collaborator), boasts a fuller sound than previous albums as well as some strong moments, but does not boast anything as immediately memorable, as previous works have. 

60
Pitchfork

The frequently overstuffed, occasionally scatterbrained album is far from perfect. But even when going for broke gets them into trouble, Portugal seem happy to get up there and overshoot the mark.

MarkCooper
70
This is definitely their best work, and sounds like a project from Foster the People, but with a little harsher, left-brain ideas.
92
Energia neste disco não falta.
estoudoente
93
obviously ptm's best work yet. evil friends doesn't sound like a monumental or complex work but it looks fresh, new and clear. it's funny and extremely pleasent to hear. <evilfriends3
100
with one review line of best fit ruined their credibility
twwalter
75
Favorite tracks: Evil Friends, Modern Jesus, Atomic Man, Purple Yellow Red and Blue
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END OF YEAR LISTS

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#36/Amazon

Track List

  1. Plastic Soldiers
  2. Creep In A T-Shirt
  3. Evil Friends
  4. Modern Jesus
  5. Hip Hop Kids
  6. Atomic Man
  7. Sea of Air
  8. Waves
  9. Holy Roller (Hallelujah)
  10. Someday Believers
  11. Purple Yellow Red and Blue
  12. Smile
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Added on: June 1, 2013