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  • Audio CD (10 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros UK
  • ASIN: B003D7F33Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,266 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2008 saw the Oxford quintet rise to prominence with their debut album Antidotes entering the UK charts at number three. From these early days playing house parties, to selling-out incendiary tours across the UK and the world, stand-out TV performances, and exhilarating festival appearances, they set the stage perfectly for their much-anticipated sophomore effort Total Life Forever, including the single "This Orient".

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Second albums, as John Lennon once famously remarked, are what happen when you're busy making other plans. Just ask Oxford five-piece Foals, whose career to date has been distinguished by colossal doses of hype and the sort of niggling pomposity which led frontman Yannis Philippakis to declare his ambition to write a "ballet with beats". Foals, he seemed to be suggesting, were in the Future Business.

The band's 2008 debut, Antidotes, delivered on the early promise of their cool-yet-frenetic style. But the widescreen production from TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek hinted at the limitations of their approach–something, you felt, would have to give for Foals to step things up a notch. Their answer on Total Life Forever is to relax the binary plotting of their punk-funk jams and punch up the pop factor. If this all sounds distressingly unlike the future, that's because it is. But we needn't fret: the trick here is to locate a beating heart, the missing Z to their rigorous X and Y axes, without losing sight of what made them so exciting in the first place.

First single This Orient is compelling evidence they've pulled off the balancing act with panache, shades of Steve Reich infusing the swoonsome pop splendour Bloc Party could never quite muster. Meanwhile Spanish Sahara is a mortally-fixated centrepiece, inspired by the young Philippakis' traumatic encounter with a dead dog floating in the sea. Building in vaguely post-rock fashion from stark beginnings that recall The xx's tousled melancholy, it reaches a superb finale, easily the most affecting thing they've done.

Indeed, this album's opening salvos make such light work of this lightening up business you'll wonder if it's The Mystery Jets' new record you've walked in on, not Foals'. The chimed intro of Blue Blood features Yannis properly singing and could almost be Glasvegas, at least until it suckers you with an ace chorus that steps directly to the dancefloor. Miami is 80s stadium funk with barrelling bass and a strangely hip hop undertow. And the title-track feels similarly funky, but in a precision pop context. Elsewhere, 2 Trees finds subtler ways to grow: it's a breathy beauty recalling the delicately-knitted textures of Can at their most blissed-out.

Total Life Forever's break with the past is astutely judged, the execution is even better. For all their occasionally high-falutin' talk of Arthur Russell and Fela Kuti and the Wu-Tang Clan as influences, Foals' victory here is to loosen up and enjoy the moment. After all, the future can be a self-defeating business. --Alex Denney

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C22man on 9 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Its albums like Foals 'Total Life Forever' that make me pleased that musical evolution happens. Total Life Forever is such a big change its like a new band. Gone are the fresh faced dance punks, replaced by arty post rockers. Frontman Yannis no longer uses the high yelp, instead his voice echos away like someone lost at sea. Structurally the songs are better, the instrumentation is stronger, the lyrics are vividly beautiful and all the songs fit together brilliantly.

Opener 'Blue Blood' is the perfect mix of old and new. It has the bouncy rhythm and playful guitars, while still being very atmospheric with Yannis' brooding vocals. These two styles mix frequently on the album to great effect, adding so much versatility. 'Miami' is reminiscent of Talking Heads and has a wonderful beat, while single 'This Orient' is in a similar vain and has beautiful lyrics. The title track is another great catchy tune, where as songs like 'Alabaster', the eerie '2 Trees' and closer 'What Remains' are built around soft dreamy atmospheres.

However, its when Foals experiment that we get the album high points. The three songs over 6 minutes are the best. 'Black Gold' has excellent fun verses, an amazing dreamy chorus and a fantastic climax. The hit 'Spanish Sahara' starts off quietly, constantly building and creating a tense atmosphere. It suddenly comes into life with one of the best climax's in recent memory. While 'After Glow' is probably my favorite song here. It has a great sensual beat and a dreamy chorus, with some powerful vocals. Out of nowhere it goes into meltdown as the band have a psychedelic rock out with guitars screeching and drum rolls galore, its one of the most exhilarating pieces of music I've heard.

So Foals changed and really hit the mark. Everything is superb, from the song structures to instrument playing to lyrics. Total Life Forever is easily one of the strongest albums of the last few years.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By StephenL on 15 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
A fantastic Album and nowhere near as much a departure as some people have been saying.
Its not hummer, cassius or balloons but electric bloom and Olympic airways definitely pointed in this direction.

Blue blood is a fantastic opener, spanish sahara a beautiful song and the absolute right choice as a first single/video whatever it was.
After glow, black gold and what remains are songs that brings a kind of emotional depth that is usually, if not lacking then certainly only cryptically hinted at in foals songs. In fact a lot of the songs bring the technical ability, stylings and song writing of antidotes but imbue them with an emotional gravitas that they were only beginning to hint at on their début.

For me personally this album solidifies what made me like antidotes in the first place and dismisses that niggling doubt I had that they were in fact just another NME hyped band not really worth their salt.

I always think its a great sign if your least favourite song on an album is the lead single. Cassius became my least played on antidotes and this orient is following the same way. Not that either is a bad song I just prefer the full album experience and usually the lead single is a stand alone entity for commercial or whatever reasons and that isolation makes it divorced from the album, and this is a proper, well put together album not just a collection of glitchy pop rock songs, which is why this orient sounds more impressive on the radio than on my ipod.

So, a progression? definitely, a complete change of direction? I don't think so. Glad I bought it? Hell yes. Would I recommend it? Of course.

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By Rhys on 30 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Total Life Forever is a different beast to Antidotes. It's not the same twitchy, jumpy sound that made the band's debut stand out from the crowd. There's no denying that TFN takes the band down a much different route. But, all of this change is for the better. The sounds on TFN are so much more calm and mellow, so much more delicate and chilled. Opening track "Blue Blood" is a great example of this. Starting slow and quiet before building and spiralling into a fantastic and explosive cresendo, the vocals soaring and plunging, very much unlike tracks like "Balloons" and "Cassius" from the band's debut record.

The second track "Miami" and sixth track "This Orient" is as close as the album comes to dance/pop with catchy riffs and a bouncy head-bopping rhythm. The title track "Total Life Forever" achieves similar ideals as well.

For me the stand-out track by far is "Spanish Sahara", the albums fifth track, and zenith. Mirroring the album art's waterey theme, this song starts calm and quiet to the sound of waves, before the drums slowly build into an intense and eargasmic summit with vocalist Yannis Philippakis roaring "I'm the fury in your bed, I'm the ghost in the back of your head". It's little wonder why NME named this song thier No.1 track for 2010.

Other tracks that make the are true standouts are "Black Gold", "After Glow" and "Alabaster". They are all very beautiful and mellow pieces of music that immerse you into the album. This is music to chill out to, definetly not the high energy and frentic pace of Antidotes.

"Total Life Forever" is fully deserving of the praise and accolades it's recieving from sites like NME as it sits along side other heavyweights like Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" and The National's "High Violet" as one of the best albums of 2010. It showcases a band totally in their element and a band that are learning how to grow and progress. Would I recommend it to anyone? Definetly. This one's a keeper.
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