11 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

275 Ratings

Holy Fire this is Amazing. Foals are back.

jsgr93,

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

Track by track review EPICNESS!!

Yannis Philippakis,

I'm having sex with this album!!
If this isn't Foals' pop classic or their art masterpiece, they're having a huge amount of fun squaring that circle.

- Prelude (8/10): The album starts soft, it's going to be probably the only skippable track. It's just a prelude.
- Inhaler (10/10): Hope you'll have listen to this track, if not, what a hell are you waiting for. The single is just epic.
- My number (10/10): Just a pop classic, this song will stick in your head for the rest of the year.
- Bad Habit (8.5/10): Foals pushes the intensity a bit lower with this track, still pretty good.
- Everytime (9/10): Following the same pase as the previous song, the first half of the album is building itself. The chorus its pretty catchy.
- Late Night (10/10): Guys we are in the middle of a masterpiece, and this had to be intense. Starts really slow, but it builds itself to intense vocals at the end. One of the best tracks.
- Out of the Woods (9/10): Starts building the intensity right again, this is classic foals and a perfect introductory song for the next two songs, that will kill you instantly.
- Milk & Black Spiders (10/10): F**k!! this is just probably one of the best songs in their whole catalogue, the songs builds up to a crazy finale that will may put you to tears. If you don't get moved by the whole song, stop reading and go listen to Justin Bieber.
- Providence (10/10): Yannis is telling us in this song, that Foals roots are intact. This is probably going to be an inmense hit LIVE! The only thing you want to do with this song, is jump and dance. Another massive hit!!
- Stepson (8.5/10): There was to much craziness in the last 3 songs. Foals gives you a slow pace Total Life Forever song. Still pretty amazing.
- Moon (10/10): Holy Fire ends up with a super slow pace Spanish Sahara type (without the epicness in the end) which summarizes and amazing journey, the song itself its one of the best of the record.

- Overall (9.4/10) This is truly their best work. If this is your first time in the Foals experience, you won't be dessapointed at all, and surely can predict you will go immediately to buy the rest of their catalogue (Antidotes, Total Life Forever)

Enjoy…..

About Foals

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 fully concentrate on his other group, Youthmovies (formerly Youthmovie Soundtrack Strategies), and Philippakis -- who had lived until he was seven in a tiny Grecian village -- added the role of lead vocals to his guitar-playing duties. Edwin Congreave, a fellow Oxford student the frontman had met when they were both working at the same bar, and who introduced the group to techno, soon joined in on keyboards, despite the fact he had never played the instrument before -- nor ever been in a band -- and the full lineup of Foals was completed.

The quintet worked on perfecting its poppy, jittery, upbeat, math rock/post-punk sound by playing house parties around the area, and soon the group was signed to Transgressive Records, which released the singles "Hummer" and "Mathletics" in April and August of 2007, respectively. Foals picked up quite a buzz in the U.K., and in June 2007 they went to New York to record their debut album under the guidance of producer and TV on the Radio guitarist Dave Sitek. The sessions went well, but the bandmembers ended up not being happy with the final mix, choosing instead to remix it themselves, and issuing the full-length, Antidotes -- which, incidentally, included neither "Hummer" nor "Mathletics" -- in March of 2008, while Sub Pop picked up the album in the U.S. and gave it an April release, adding the two neglected singles as bonus tracks.

Two years later the band returned with its sophomore album, Total Life Forever, released by Transgressive Records. After having songs appear on shows like Entourage and Misfits, the band returned in early 2013 with its third album, the expansive and more balanced Holy Fire, Foals' first record to chart outside of Western Europe, cracking the Billboard 200 in the U.S. and topping the album chart in Australia. A concert DVD/Blu-ray, Live at the Royal Albert Hall, followed that fall, and picking up where Holy Fire left off, What Went Down arrived in the summer of 2015. ~ Marisa Brown

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