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This Oxford quintet continues to find new audio terrain on their second album, 2010’s Total Life Forever. Foals’ view of techno isn’t some manic, hedonistic pump but a measured, textured crawl through the fixations of the night where one’s anxieties are relieved or expressed in the tense dynamics of music that fights against the machine for its humanity. “Blue Blood” is a gorgeous opener that suggests a party still in preparation. The synth flourishes break out the excitement while Andrew Mears sings with a longing in his voice. “Miami” allows drummer Jack Bevan the chance to add his solid muscle to the groove, turning this electronic outfit into a purebred rock band with a fascination with gadgets. The title track kicks back with a quick twist that resembles Paul McCartney’s “Coming Up” merged with the ghostly voices of New Order and OMD. “Spanish Sahara” is the masterwork here, a brewing seven-minute piece where the waves of keyboards grow in ferocity until the vocals can only barely reach the surface. Electronic music fans should find much to uncover here.

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Brilliant album

Dont be put off but the samples itunes lets you listen too, the songs get soooo much better after these little snippets.
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Blue Blood= Amazing
Total Life Forever=Amazing
Spanish Sahara= Amazing
This Orient= Amazing
After Glow= Starts off Amazing ends up SUPER AMAZING
Alabaster= Amazing


An Album of the Year

While having to wait for this to come out for over 18 months, it was completely worth it.
The songs, although at an extremely different stance from Antidotes; Yannis and all the other members have matured their music to produce this, and it is fantastic to see that their efforts all paid off in the end - through all the hardship, blood, sweat and ham they all went through during recording.
Yannis' singing is chilling yet subtle; with now extremely emotional, meaningful lyrics (nice to see Jimmy getting a few words in too!). Edwin seems to have been experimenting with other instruments, most notably the vibraphone, and Jack has further progressed in his fantastic percussion ability.
The tracks themselves have each been cared for like a small child after birth, given proper care and attention when coming to the mixing of the tracks - all of them carry an ambient, roomy sound; even better in headphones or surround sound.

Long story short, if you liked Antidotes, give it a try - you will eventually, if not instantly fall in love with it.
If you are new to Foals, then this will be a fantastic piece of ear candy for you.

PS. The snippets do not give the full picture at all.


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 order to more...
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