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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

Oooooffft

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it you wee bast'.

Never got the Foals. Now I do

Bought Antidotes when it was released and it never did anything for me. There were some highlights but after a handful of listens I put it away and have never listened to again in 4 years. Not only that I've never taken an interest in the band since.

"Inhaler" on the other hand is right up my street and exactly the sort of track I love. This is a stunning masterpiece and if the new album contains tracks only half as good as this it's going to be a stunning album. Mines pre-ordered and I'm off to try Antidotes again plus their other albums.

Good but not as good as Total Life Forever!

Good album but lacks the flow of Total Life Forever is almost half Total life forever in sound and half a different new album. Dont get me wrong there is some great tunes on this new album but its sounding a bit like the foals may have listened to the recent maccabees album and taken some inspiration? overall a solid album if your a foals fan, but if this is your first foals album buy Total Life forever its just better!

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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