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On an unseasonably warm night in March, 2013, within the august, hallowed walls of the Royal Albert Hall in London, something extraordinary happened. Five musicians took to the stage, launched into a song called Inhaler, and blew the roof off. For the 5,000-plus people who were lucky enough to be present that evening, the experience was more like a mass epiphany at a revivalist meeting than a ... Read more in Amazon's Foals Store

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  • Vinyl (11 Feb. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B00A8OQBD8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prelude
2. Inhaler
3. My Number
4. Bad Habit
5. Everytime
6. Late Night
Disc: 2
1. Out Of The Woods
2. Milk & Black Spiders
3. Providence
4. Stepson
5. Moon

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Third studio album by the British indie band. The album features the singles 'Inhaler' and 'My Number', the latter of which debuted on BBC's 'Later... with Jools Holland'. The album debuted in the UK Albums Chart at #2 and received a great critical reception.

BBC Review

Foals’ moniker made perfect sense in the mid-00s. Their early singles were spindly affairs, capable of kicking out but occasionally awkward of movement. The Oxford five-piece swiftly suffered restrictive pigeonholing: “math-rockers” never had much of a chart-busting ring to it.

So much buzz and hype – enough to drown most bands. But Foals’ debut, 2008’s Antidotes, held firm against any backlash, and 2010’s Total Life Forever successfully expanded their palette of (largely leftfield) influences. A Mercury Prize nomination was just reward.

Today, they’re less a fumbling creature finding its feet and more the tremendous elephant in the live room - truly, they've become a huge-sounding proposition. Foals were already a mainstream presence; now, they’ve made an album properly reflecting that status. Arena tours should await them.

Holy Fire’s lead tracks, Inhaler and My Number, comprise tone-setters for this slickly realised set, which focuses on instant-click compositions over consciousness-creepers. That both sound enormous may have everything to do with Alan Moulder and Flood’s production – and if not, their presence can’t have hurt.

These insights into a more traditional rock aesthetic are ultimately catalogue highs. They showcase the right manner of group maturity, embracing the core of today’s commercial rock market while retaining traces of trademark twitchiness. It’s a perverse progression: two steps backwards to leap into an unwritten future.

Late Night is a slow-burner that brilliantly erupts in its final third. Of similar design is Milk & Black Spiders, which will be a standout moment of the band’s live set when it, too, bursts with intoxicating vibrancy at its climax, strings rushing into the mix. Stepson and Moon are more delicate affairs, sequenced to impress considerably at the album’s end.

Yannis Philippakis’ lyricism could be dizzyingly cryptic before, but here he’s focusing on identifiable themes: love, friendship, distance, travel. Metaphors are less messy, the language streamlined. He sings with tenderness when necessary, and has developed a satisfyingly gruff roar, best employed on Inhaler.

Holy Fire is somewhat hamstrung by Bad Habit, a peculiar hybrid of The Temper Trap’s Sweet Disposition and Mumford & Sons. It lacks the singular spark that makes this band’s best cuts stand boldly from the crowd. Prelude, too, will likely lose the battle against the skip button.

But such quibbles are minor. The kids – which Foals were at their outset – have grown up splendidly. You might say they’ve become a true thoroughbred outfit, if such linguistic horseplay was your thing.

--Mike Diver

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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Format: Audio CD
This is the review for the live CD and DVD, not the stand alone album.

Immediately disappointed that CD is not the 'Live' tracks featured on the DVD. A previous effort I recall having this format was Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto album which included the live version of songs.

Don't get me wrong, I adore Foals and have seen them live so many times. And off the back of this, I would have loved to have seen a set list including live sets of Red Sock Pugie, Balloons and Spanish Sahara. I already have Holy Fire and so to find out that I had bought the album again when I already have it left me annoyed.

Holy Fire though, is an OUTSTANDING album...would have preferred the live recordings on this occasion.
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By Mr. R. Birtley on 29 April 2013
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This is the first Foals album I have bought, I actually found them by accident and I'm quite glad I have, this is the best album I've heard this year and it's never off, I play it in the car and I sometimes bring it in to the house and play it again. theres not many albums that I can just put on and listen to from start to finish. From the heavier 'inhaler' to the mellower 'bad habit' and 'late night', every tune is a classic. Who says its all been done before, get the foals, change your life!
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By Jay Row on 10 Feb. 2014
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This album was simply fantastic. I did have to wait awhile, as i had this shipped to the west coast of the US. I can't believe that Foals hasn't picked up enough fans to have albums in stores over here. Anyway, more abut the album. All the songs played fine, and it is performing exactly as you would expect an album to perform. The dvd played nicely and everything.

Rating the content, I would definitely recommend this to any of my friends that are in to this sort of music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim on 5 Jun. 2014
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Great British band.. Great musicians, compositions and they get better each album.. Great live act also.. Thanks a big bunch..
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Holmes on 21 Feb. 2013
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A fine body of work that connects more immediately than on previous albums but still has the strength in depth to reward you further on repeated listens. Foals trademark hooks and querky beats are still very evident but this time around they seem more effortlessly achieved. I've been playing it everyday since the day of its release...and they say albums aren't what they used to be!
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By Steve on 5 April 2013
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Crackin album, together with Antidotes and Total Life Forever, this will easily be the most listened to albums in my collection.

From beautiful songs that just wash over you, to tracks that make you want to jump around like a teenager on Haribo, the album has great range.

Had the pleasure of seeing them at Bristol in March, this is a band who enjoy what they do - and it shows
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By kas on 18 Mar. 2013
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Great album from a fantastic band. I will not review it track by track, but try Inhaler for a start. Foals are like no other band, each track builds up to a crescendo of incredible noise. Best album of the year so far. Play the album as loud as possible, turn the volume right up.
By the way if you get chance, go and see Foals, they are actually much better live - a real class act.
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By E Z Driver on 21 Jan. 2014
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It took me a few listens to get into it but now I just cannot stop listening to this album. I bought it on the strength of the singles but I think there are songs on the album which are just as good if not better. The production is fantastic. Every song is unpredictable and takes you by suprise with an unexpected melody or killer hook. One of the best albums I have heard in years.
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