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Foals are now finding ways to incorporate classic rock moves into their forward-thinking music. Oxford, England's most formidable band has scaled back the earlier elements of dance pop and math-rock. Techno isn't Foals' style, but it's a way to reach their instrumental goals. The high atmospherics featured throughout this third album—2013's Holy Fire—are just fancy ways of getting to the same heart of the matter that bands from U2 to The Shins have been mining since day one. The heavy, difficult, and oblique rock moves of Foals' past have been simplified with emotional outbursts that are pure catharsis ("Late Night"). "Inhaler," the album's first single, starts with guitars nicked from Pink Floyd's The Wall before taking off with a Mick Jagger–like falsetto. "Providence" pushes on a brutal funk where Jimi Hendrix seems to lurk. "Stepson" sings like a cry in the lonesome wilderness. "Moon" ends with the world tucked asleep as guitars and keyboards twinkle into the night sky. It's quite an achievement. 

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This album cements The Foals as a really great band. The stand outs for me are "Inhaler", "Bad Habit" and "Out of the Woods". If you loved previous albums you will find this album amazing.

Holy Fire this is Amazing. Foals are back.

Foals return with a new sound for their third album, Holy Fire. It's grittier, yet melodic. Dirtier, yet beautiful. Different, yet exactly what you'd expect from Foals. Although it doesn't quite leave the same first impression their previous albums do, KEEP LISTENING, it will grow on you very quickly. You'll be humming and singing along in no time. The whole album is stunning, from the harder-hitting "Inhaler" to the more catchy "My Number" and "Out of the Woods" and of course the more grandeur sounding "Late Night" and "Moon". Holy Fire is simply stunning

This band just keeps getting better

This may be less of a review of this album but a recommendation to check this band out if you have the chance to. I spend way too much money seeing bands and have seen 100's of bands in my day. I lucked into a cheap tickets to see the Foals and was absolutely blown away. I get their music now that I have seen them live. They have matured from playing catchy dance tunes to songs that just rock. If you like some of what you hear, see them live and you will become a big fan like me.


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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