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Friendly Fires


Third album and first in eight years from the dance rock trio from the St Albans

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  1. 8.0 |   All Music

    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
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  2. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Harking back to the era of funkily optimistic pop may not speak to our times, but FF’s first album in eight years is truly joyous
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    An impressive return. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Northern Transmission

    It may have been 8 years but ‘Inflorescent’ is well worth the wait and right now, we need Friendly Fires more than ever
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  5. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Friendly Fires' first album in eight years, Inflorescent, brings the band's poppy, vibrant sensibilities to their full blast, a euphoria people definitely need in 2019
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  6. 7.0 |   Pitchfork

    The UK trio’s first album since 2011 finds new life in the smooth surfaces of house music
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  7. 7.0 |   DIY

    Akin to gobbling an entire pack of Fruit Pastilles; colourful, maybe a little sickly, but you sure as hell want to experience it again
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  8. 6.0 |   music OMH

    Their creative fires are clearly burning again, even though it feels like this album had to be exorcised for them to fully ignite in the future
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  9. 6.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It’s been 11 years since Friendly Fires‘ self titled record, yet they sound just as vibrant, invigorated and motivated as they once were and ‘Inflorescent ‘is a fun album that promotes this hedonistic mentality to their audience rather well
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  10. 5.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    This is definitely overthinking the role of indie-pop in 2019, but not only do fans deserve better than Inflorescent, they already have access to a near-infinite amount of it
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  11. 4.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    It’s a shame that the album was released in the waning days of August, long after it had the ability to become a staple of parties and bonfires
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  12. 4.0 |   NME

    After eight years away, the St Albans trio play it safe with a comeback album that seems designed to exist as montage music for ITV2 adverts
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  13. 4.0 |   The Independent

    While there are some interesting sounds here and there, the overriding feeling is of a more club-friendly Take That
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