Pala (album)

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Pala
Studio album by Friendly Fires
Released 16 May 2011
Genre
Label XL
Producer
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"  
5:02
2. "Blue Cassette"  
  • Gibson
  • Macfarlane
  • Savidge
  • Macfarlane
  • Epworth*
3:32
3. "Running Away"  
  • Gibson
  • Macfarlane
  • Savidge
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.  Missing or empty |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.