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Alternative & Indie - Released January 31, 2013 | Warner Bros.

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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. ~ Gregory Heaney
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Alternative & Indie - Released January 31, 2013 | Warner Bros.

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 8, 2019 | Warner Bros.

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 28, 2015 | Warner Bros.

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Following up Holy Fire can’t have been easy ... And to do so, Foals fling themselves headlong into a rock ‘n’ roll tsunami. With What Went Down, the Oxford gang retain their unique rock essence whilst also aiming for a wider audience. This, their fourth studio album, is undoubtedly another radical change for the band. In reaching a larger public, one might think that Yannis Philippakis and his band would have to sell their souls to the devil… The truth is quite to the contrary. What Went Down possesses a sound that hits home at the end of the first listen; the album’s guitars are rhythmic, colossal as mountains. The title track, in particular, is a force that sweeps away everything in its path, helpfully aided by the vocal charisma of Philippakis. Dark and oppressive, the album never loses sight of the importance of song structure. Raw power is an asset, a weapon for Foals, and never simply an end in itself. So much the better. This is a strong contender for the title of best indie rock album of 2015…

Rock - Released January 22, 2019 | Warner Bros.

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Rock - Released February 13, 2019 | Warner Bros.

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 28, 2015 | Warner Bros.

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 28, 2015 | Warner Bros.

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Rock - Released February 25, 2019 | Warner Bros.

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Electronic/Dance - Released July 2, 2012 | !K7 Records

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Rock - Released February 14, 2019 | Warner Bros.

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 12, 2010 | Sub Pop Records

After Foals scrapped the mix of their debut, Antidotes, by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, it was clear that they were a band that was interested in creating their own sound. That sentiment may be why their follow-up, Total Life Forever, sounds more like a reaction to their first record than a continuation of it. Many of the elements that drove Foals into the spotlight in the first place are definitely still in place. There’s plenty of cascading, Minus the Bear-style guitar work and funky Talking Heads influence in their math-pop-meets-the-dancefloor rhythms. What’s missing is the edge. Total Life Forever is considerably more subdued than its predecessor, lacking much of the uptempo thump found on Antidotes. In its place is a mellower, more spacious sound. While this new sound is still danceable, it’s far more refined than the angular post-punk riffing that fans might be expecting. Right from the beginning, the album-opening, “Blue Blood” makes it clear that Foals are taking a different, more patient approach to songwriting, letting the song build and build on itself as it methodically works itself into a frenzy before leaving the way it came in. Because of the changes here, fans of the early, pre-Antidotes singles may find Total Life Forever to be too restrained, lacking the youthful vigor of their debut. Where some see restraint, others may very well see refinement, and those who appreciated Antidotes' more spacy passages will find that Foals' reinvention of their sound is a calculated risk that definitely pays off. ~ Gregory Heaney
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Alternative & Indie - Released April 8, 2008 | Sub Pop Records

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Rock - Released March 7, 2019 | Warner Bros.

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Dance - Released September 16, 2016 | Warner Bros.

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Dance - Released June 10, 2016 | Warner Bros.

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Rock - Released January 21, 2019 | Warner Bros.

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 4, 2015 | Warner Bros.

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Dance - Released October 28, 2016 | Warner Bros.

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