Pala (album)

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Pala
Studio album by Friendly Fires
Released 16 May 2011
Genre Alternative dance, funk[1]
Label XL
Producer Friendly Fires, Paul Epworth, Chris Zane
Friendly Fires chronology
Friendly Fires
(2008)
Pala
(2011)
Singles from Pala
  1. "Live Those Days Tonight"
    Released: 23 March 2011 (2011-03-23)
  2. "Hawaiian Air"
    Released: 25 July 2011 (2011-07-25)[2]
  3. "Blue Cassette"
    Released: 5 December 2011 (2011-12-05)
  4. "Hurting"
    Released: 27 February 2012 (2012-02-27)

Pala is the second album from British alternative dance band Friendly Fires. It was released in the UK on 16 May 2011, and charted at number 6 on the UK Albums Chart.[3] The album name comes from Aldous Huxley's final novel Island, which tells the story of a journalist shipwrecked on the fictional island of Pala, which supports a utopian society.[4][5][6] The parrot photograph was chosen from the private collection of Norwegian fashion photographer Sølve Sundsbø.[4]

Singles[edit]

  • "Live Those Days Tonight" is the first single taken from the album. The track received its first play on Zane Lowe's show on BBC Radio 1 on 22 March 2011. The band performed the song on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,[7] and it was released to the US iTunes Store[8] the next day. In the UK, it was released on 16 May 2011, the same day as the album, and charted at number 80 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • "Hawaiian Air" as the second single taken from the album. The music video was shot in southern Spain in May 2011.[9] It reached No. 92 in the UK.
  • "Blue Cassette" was released as the third single on 2 December 2011, along with the Tiga Remix of the single.
  • "Hurting" was announced as the next single by Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1 on 3 August 2011 with the release date confirmed as 10 October 2011.[10] Remixes of the single were released on 27 February 2012.

Track listing[edit]

Taken from the album booklet:

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Live Those Days Tonight"   Edward Gibson, Edward Macfarlane, Jack Savidge, Paul Epworth Paul Epworth, Friendly Fires 5:02
2. "Blue Cassette"   Gibson, Macfarlane, Savidge Macfarlane, Epworth* 3:32
3. "Running Away"   Gibson, Macfarlane, Savidge Macfarlane, Chris Zane* 3:02
4. "Hawaiian Air"   Gibson, Macfarlane, Savidge Macfarlane 4:12
5. "Hurting"   Gibson, Macfarlane, Savidge Macfarlane, Epworth*, Zane* 5:03
6. "Pala"   Gibson, Macfarlane, Savidge Macfarlane, Zane* 4:01
7. "Show Me Lights"   Gibson, Macfarlane, Savidge Epworth, Friendly Fires 3:36
8. "True Love"   Gibson, Macfarlane, Savidge Macfarlane, Zane* 3:15
9. "Pull Me Back to Earth"   Gibson, Macfarlane, Savidge Macfarlane 3:30
10. "Chimes"   Gibson, Macfarlane, Savidge Epworth, Friendly Fires 4:37
11. "Helpless"   Gibson, Macfarlane, Savidge Macfarlane 4:30

(*) additional production

Notes
  • "Live Those Days Tonight" contains a sample of "Albondigas" by Badonday (Toby Tobias and Dave Garnish).
  • "Hurting" contains a sample of "Lissoms" by Toro y Moi.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 73/100[11]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[12]
BBC (very favourable)[13]
Clash 4/10 stars[14]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[15]
Evening Standard 4/5 stars[16]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[17]
The Independent 2/5 stars[18]
Metro 4/5 stars[19]
MusicOMH 4.5/5 stars[20]
NME (8/10)[21]
Pitchfork Media (7.4/10)[22]
TMR 8/10 stars[23]
Q 3/5 stars
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[24]

The album received a score of 73 on Metacritic (based on 22 reviews), indicating "generally favorable reviews".[11]

Chart positions[edit]

Pala debuted on the UK Albums Chart at number 6 on 22 May 2011, that week's second highest debut after Kate Bush's Director's Cut. It also debuted at number 2 on the albums download chart, and number 3 on the UK Indie Chart.

Charts (2011) Peak
Position
Irish Albums Chart
29
Scottish Albums Chart
6
UK Albums Chart
6
US Billboard 200
152

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Friendly Fires: Pala | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "iTunes – Music – Hawaiian Air – Single by Friendly Fires". Itunes.apple.com. 25 July 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Friendly Fires to release new album 'Pala' on May 16 | News". Nme.Com. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Chang, Mary (31 May 2011). "Interview: Edd Gibson and Jack Savidge of Friendly Fires". There Goes the Fear. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  5. ^ MusicOMH. "Album Review of Friendly Fires – Pala". Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  6. ^ JB Hi-Fi. "Pala – Friendly Fires". Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Emmy Blotnick. "Friendly Fires Perform "Live Those Days Tonight" – Music". Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "iTunes – Music – Live Those Days Tonight – Single by Friendly Fires". Itunes.apple.com. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Hawaiian Air – Friendly Fires | Manic Butterfly Productions". Manicbutterflyproductions.com. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  10. ^ hmvdigital UK – Hurting by Friendly Fires
  11. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Pala at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  12. ^ Pala (album) at AllMusic
  13. ^ "Music – Review of Friendly Fires – Pala". BBC. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Music Reviews on Albums, Singles, Gigs, DVDs and Films –". Clash Music. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  15. ^ Nellis, Krystina (12 May 2011). "Friendly Fires – Pala / Releases / Releases // Drowned in Sound". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  16. ^ http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/music/article-23949933-cds-of-the-week-kate-bush-and-ambrose-akinmusire.do
  17. ^ Dave Simpson (12 May 2011). "Friendly Fires: Pala – review | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  18. ^ Gill, Andy (13 May 2011). The Independent (London) http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/album-friendly-fires-pala-xl-2283125.html |url= missing title (help). 
  19. ^ Haider, Arwa (24 February 2012). "Friendly Fires, Pala: Album review". Metro.co.uk. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  20. ^ "Friendly Fires – Pala | album reviews". musicOMH. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "NME Album Reviews – Album Review: Friendly Fires – 'Pala'". Nme.Com. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  22. ^ "Friendly Fires: Pala | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  23. ^ Pancccake (10 June 2011). "TMR-The Music Review: Review #40: Friendly Fires – Pala". Tmr-music.blogspot.com. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  24. ^ "Friendly Fires: Pala | Music Review". Slant Magazine. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2012.