Portugal. The Man's 'Evil Friends' review: Sturdier with Danger Mouse

Portugal. The Man releases "Evil Friends" on June

Portugal. The Man releases "Evil Friends" on June 4, 2013. (Credit: Handout )

Portugal. The Man has gone pop.

The Alaska band has toyed with it over the course of its previous six albums, along with psychedelic rock, orchestral arrangements, prog rock and metal. But on "Evil Friends" (Atlantic), produced by Danger Mouse, the songs are streamlined to stick in your head while still managing deep thoughts on religion and existence. "Purple Yellow Red and Blue" gives the band's psychedelic roots a danceable beat and a bit of swagger. "Hip Hop Kids" has the feel of a stadium rock anthem, while "Creep in a T-Shirt" sounds most like Danger Mouse's work in Gnarls Barkley and Broken Bells.

PORTUGAL. THE MAN

"Evil Friends"

GRADE A-

BOTTOM LINE Building a sturdier, simpler sound with Danger Mouse

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