PORTUGAL. THE MAN COLLABORATE WITH DANGER MOUSE FOR EVIL FRIENDS ALBUM

PORTUGAL. THE MAN COLLABORATE WITH DANGER MOUSE FOR EVIL FRIENDS ALBUM

Joe GransingerMonday,17 June 2013

The Snap:

The Portland-based band Portugal. The Man have collaborated with legendary producer Danger Mouse for their seventh studio release, Evil Friends. With a fun and fast-paced sound featured throughout the album, it nearly crosses the line into chaos more than once, and would make Barney Stinson very proud.

The Download:

Before Evil Friends was released, the group claimed that the new album was heavily influenced by Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, but it’s pretty unlikely that you’ll see many similarities in the final product. The busyness of each song is a little hard to handle — and other than Sea of Air — it’s almost entirely done at high-speeds. Individually, however, each track is well constructed and very listenable, as most have Portugal’s usual up-tempo beat, but darker, more apathetic lyrics than we’ve previously received from the band.

Evil Friends, the title track, starts slowly and gradually leads into a frenetic explanation of why he can’t be your friend (spoiler: it’s because he’s “got a friend in the devil”). This song sets the tone for the rest of the album with strange lyrics that don’t seem to make sense, and the overwhelming fast pace that never seems to slow down.

Hip Hop Kids begins with some low-fi “oohs” and “aahs,” and really drives home the feeling of apathy. The entire song is dedicated to not caring, and is one of the more pop-inspired tracks. Lyrically, it’s a one of the stranger songs, placing a story about a man’s daughter between lines of bashing punks, rock and rollers, and hip hop kids.

There really is no flow or rhythm to the album, and the influences seem to jump around the music industry. While Evil Friends is a busy collection of songs, it’s also a fun collection of songs, and longtime Portugal fans won’t be disappointed. The collaboration with Danger Mouse produced (and maybe over-produced) a lot of good tracks that will fit well into playlists, but it could use the occasional slowdown when listening from start to finish.

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