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Antidotes [Cd Album] [CD]

Foals Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B0013F2LPS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,252 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's hardly the cure for anything but Antidotes, the debut album from Oxford's Foals, is a strong addition to the eternal tradition of dance-friendly art rock most recently exemplified by Franz Ferdinand and Klaxons. The five ex-public schoolboys that make up Oxford's Foals are hardly lacking self-confidence--comically cocky frontman Yannis Phillipakis could annoy for the nation and the band rejected producer David Sitek's original mix--but Antidotes is anything but pony. After spending their youth in rigorous "math rock" outfits, Foals started out in 2005 with the stated intention of having fun. Rather delightfully, this amounted to the discovery that audiences are well disposed to acts they can dance to. A clutch of well-received singles and a guest spot on popular sixth-form satire Skins sealed their popularity. Their origins in academic rock are sometimes obvious, but fine drummer Jack Bevan keeps things moving throughout. Opener "The French Open", with its gleeful chanted vocals (in French) and fashionable Afrobeat tinged guitar lines, evokes Talking Heads' dada nonsense classic "I Zimbra", itself older than any Foal. First top thirty hit "Cassius" saw jazz-punk back in the charts for the first time since that perennial football crowd favourite "Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag". "Olympic Airways" is a charming if oblique tale of escape that couldn't be further from the bus stop/chip shop style while "Red Socks Pugie" already sounds like a single in waiting. The lyrics might charitably be described as impressionistic and Phillipakis's voice remains nondescript. But with better tunes than Bloc Party and a self-conscious precision that recalls Mogwai in their pomp, the effortlessly pretentious Foals are unmistakably the sound of 2008. --Steve Jelbert

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The album is finally here 2 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
Having first heard Foals a while back, I was instantly drawn to their music. I downloaded a few demos last year before all the hype started and was really impressed.Their use of multiple layers and time signatures leaves the listener slightly confused but ultimately amazed.
The only thing wrong with the album is prodction. The whole point of Foals' music is that it is multi layed and raw, and this album has lost some of that. Seeing them live will really make the listener appreciate them fully. Personally I dont like the use of saxaphone, and many of the songs have changed drastically from the original demos, mainly being mellowed out.

The 2cd version is the better deal, you get live recordings, which show what the main album was getting at, it just couldnt quite get there

Overall a good album for someone that is tired of typical indie and who wants to be absorbed into something very different.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jolly Good Stuff 31 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
Not my usual fare and took a few listens to get into, but will definitely buy the next album aswell. Read the first guy's review for the full-on, I know what I'm talking about, arty sort of stuff. I just liked it. A lot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
What's everyone complaining about? Why are they saying its a disappointment? O.K i'll admit that its not a one-listen pure pop album, but after a few listens there's really not a record on this that i don't think would be able to be released as a single. The best part about it is the feeling you get of moving along with the band, progressing from the beginning to the end, i generally feel that most peoples music taste and horizons will be changed and expanded after a good few listening of this debut. If you've seen them live or ever met them you'll realize that they defiantly feel that they're all about the live performances, and recreating this on an album would be impossible and create horrific results of beautiful songs. So they decided to go down a much cleaner, refined and go full out and throw in some extras, like the horns and sax. Overall it creates a stunning album that, I'm sure although many attempts will never be replicated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only so much 2 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
Having first heard Foals a while back, I was instantly drawn to their music. I downloaded a few demos last year before all the hype started and was really impressed.Their use of multiple layers and time signatures leaves the listener slightly confused but ultimately amazed.
The only thing wrong with the album is prodction. The whole point of Foals' music is that it is multi layed and raw, and this album has lost some of that. Seeing them live will really make the listener appreciate them fully. Personally I dont like the use of saxaphone, and many of the songs have changed drastically from the original demos, mainly being mellowed out.

The 2cd version is the better deal, you get live recordings, which show what the main album was getting at, it just couldnt quite get there

Overall a good album for someone that is tired of typical indie and who wants to be absorbed into something very different.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wind is in my heart 10 April 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Here's a minor prediction for the musical year -- the Foals just might be the Next Really Big Thing in indie-rock.

Yeah, someone says that about a fledgling band every year, sometimes more than once. But this little Oxford band has what it takes, and "Antidotes" is a gloriously energetic debut album -- mellow, bright rock'n'roll that makes you dance and bounce, yet has some postrock spaciness, nimble electronics and clever funky twists to keep things interesting. And it actually gets better as it goes on.

It opens on a relatively simple note -- "The French Open," an jazzy-funky little pop intro that periodically erupts into solid dancy rock. "Un peu d'air sur la terre/D'air sur la/D'air sur la/D'air sur la terre!"

With that as the intro, they leap wholeheartedly into the cocky, rollicking "Cassius," with its muscular riffs and confusingly jabby lyrics ("Cassius, it's over! You're second best!"). And with "Red Sock Pugie," we get another catchy indie-rock melody -- but wrapped in a shimmering post-rock blanket, riddled with kettle drums.

And most of the songs that follow linger somewhere between those two styles -- ringing circling pop with convulsing violins, moody rock tunes, fast funky dance music, fast-moving spacey tunes with airy fantastical lyrics, and a shimmering pop anthem in "Big Big Love (Fig. 2)."

The Foals seem to wind down the album with the catchy "Like Swimming," a little instrumental that sounds like eavesdropping on a tropical pool party. Then they yank you back up for the final song "Tron," a dark little rocker with tight, muscular instrumentation and chirruping guitars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and beautiful. 30 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
I had the pleasure of seeing these guys live before i heard the album. I don't know if that makes me biased, but this is a fantastic album and is best listened to in its entirety. The complexity of the music and its quality are breathtaking. Buy it!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album of 2008... 25 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
Simply wish to add another five star review for this joyful, inventive, unique and stunning debut album. This is music that challenges, invigorates and never fails to surprise. All in all a premier quality chocolate box of an album...here's hoping that these boys really do make it big.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Shame they went downhill after this amazing debut really! The drums on this album are fantastic. Let's hope they revert back to this in the future.
Published 14 days ago by Gavin Dytham
5.0 out of 5 stars love
such a good cd, love foals wish i was seeing them live in feb but oh well. my fav album probs but yeah good cond etc etc
Published 3 months ago by Kirsty
5.0 out of 5 stars it is great
Not one song that i dont love - everybody has to own a copy of this album - buy this s*** up now
Published 11 months ago by Ben Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST BRILLIANCE !!!
So inventive, cool, and how the instruments / instruments sound and play together in such a funky, swinging, upbeat, offbeat way, it just jives the funk out of me... Read more
Published 17 months ago by son charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite album for definite!
Antidotes has got to be the best album by Foals, but also my favourite album!
I own all of their songs - even the B-side ones that no one has ever heard of which I think... Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2012 by joandra
5.0 out of 5 stars On full blast on the eardrums, great
Its a very paced & interesting album. Go see them live, they work hard for the money.
Not sure about the sequencing of the tunes, but it really hits the spot. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2012 by Trits
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I found this album pretty much a disappointment. I actually quite like the start of a few of the songs, being quite lively, but as soon as the singing started I began to dislike... Read more
Published on 15 July 2011 by C. Booler
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, exciting and very very catchy
I love this album. Let's get that out of the way first. I'm not a hype-merchant, I didn't even expect to enjoy the album quite frankly, but it was suggested to me, I listened and I... Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2010 by Dominic Goulding
5.0 out of 5 stars An album that never tires.
Foals produced a special album in 'Anitdotes'. I wasnt taken by it when I first bought the album, but it grew strongly on me to a point now where its my most played album. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2010 by L. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful album
I first heard of Foals through a friend and egged me on to buy their album, the opening of the French Open grabbed my attention, such a classy intro of guitars and the slow build... Read more
Published on 19 Oct 2008 by Andy Lloyd
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