I pre-ordered this months in advance as a 15-year old lover of Foals waiting on baited breath for a mind-blower of an album: and I was definitely not disappointed! Many people could feel let down after their triumphant "Antidotes" debut, but I feel that Foals' new sound of anthemic indie is a defining one.
For me there are a few stand-out songs; NME Awards "Best Song of 2010", Spanish Sahara is a vivid example of Foals new music. Progressive in nature, it blends slow, melancholic chords with Yannis' distinctive and piercing vocals to create a real sense of tension before exploding into Foals' synonymous duelling guitars and spine-tingling base lines. However, I feel that the real winner of this album is the much overlooked "After Glow". "After Glow" is an incredibly rhythmic and beautiful song that sees Foals' move from their indie-dance rock in "Antidotes"' songs like "Balloons" and "Cassius", to a deep symphony of guitars, vocals and synths.
Foals really had created one of the best indie albums ever in "Antidotes" but their progression into the elite of the indie music scene is complete with an entirely different perception of indie-rock. A must for any lover of music that is created for music lovers and not for global domination!