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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.

Customer Reviews


Wow, it blew me away. This may not be as staccato-y as Antidotes, but it sure is beatiful. 'Spanish Sahara' creeps me out and makes me want to cry, but I love it to death. BUY THIS NOW.

the best thing ive listened to all year

This album has changed my life. All of their songs are excellently produced and great quality. If you don't like this band's other music, don't let that prevent you from purchasing this album. These songs are quite different and Foals has grown a lot. Please support this band. Dont buy the songs individually, just purchase the whole album. Unfortunately, nobody will be talking about this album for another couple of months.


Foals can do no wrong in my eyes. Loved Antidotes and I love this album as well. Foals can evoke so much emotion in their songs. Yannis' voice gives me chills. Awesome songs, amazing album. What else can I say? Pure gold


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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