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Album Review

While there are lots of bands dealing in either danceable rock or navel-gazing pop, few bands combine the two quite like Foals. On Holy Fire, the third album from the English band, the post-punk revival is given a newfound sense of depth, creating songs that are rhythmic enough to draw listeners, but hypnotic enough to leave listeners lost in their wide-open spaces. This combination of atmosphere and momentum find Foals growing out of the shadows of titans like the Talking Heads and into a spaced-out, dance-punk niche that's all their own. Though a lot of the band's charm comes from the delicate interplay between the guitars and keyboards, the real star of the album comes by way of the massive, stadium-ready "Inhaler," which takes the sparkling, slow build used throughout the album and turns it on its ear with an eruption of massively fuzzy, Muse-esque guitars (and, to some extent, their bombast), creating one of the albums biggest and most rousing moments. Now that they're three albums deep, it feels as if Foals have found a nice middle ground between funk and feeling, making Holy Fire an album that is just as likely to get a room moving as it is to send its inhabitants into a fit of introspective conversation. This kind of duality is something that's hard to find, and it's a quality that could take Foals a long way if they're able to hold onto it.

Customer Reviews

"Inhaler" induced pre conception

Based on this alone, we already know that this album will look, play and most importantly, feel like a Foals record. Nailed shut!

Dat Stanky Bass

From the singles 'My Number' and 'Inhaler', I could tell that this album would be good. That was the understatement of my life. This album is perfect.
The album features traces of the past two albums. The grungy sound from some of the new songs seem to echo the distorted fury of Mathletics, and the lunar scape of Total Life definitely comes through in songs such as 'Stepson' and 'Moon'.
This is album can only be classified as jungly dream-pop/funk/grunge/lunar
sounding.
Ecstasy to the Ears.
Foals have found an honest sound that just relates to the listener and makes them want to groove.

Fantastic

never heard a foals album before this one, but the amazing sound of this band has meant I will have to look up their older work

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Oxford, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in Oxford, England, by longtime friends Yannis Philippakis (guitar) and Jack Bevan (drums), along with Andrew Mears on vocals, guitarist Jimmy Smith, and bassist Walter Gervers, Foals — whose name is a play on the etymology of Philippakis' name — began as a way to protest against the proggier sounds that were both popular in Oxford and in Philippakis and Bevan's former band, the Edmund Fitzgerald. After releasing the single "Try This on Your Piano" in 2006, Mears left Foals in...
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