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Total Life Forever [CD]

Foals Audio CD
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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 (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,803 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Miami 3:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Total Life Forever 3:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Black Gold 6:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Spanish Sahara 6:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. This Orient 4:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Fugue0:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. After Glow 6:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Alabaster 4:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. 2 Trees 5:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. What Remains 4:370.79  Buy MP3 


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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious, but thank God for the "Holy Fire". 4 Jun 2014
By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Ah the eagerly awaited follow-up to the highly praised (by me - for sure!) debut "Antidotes", second album from young and vigorous Foals still pulsates with idealism and energy. Long before it came out I had it pre-ordered (one of a 1,000) and find the cover art alluringly eerie, and yet... This is my least favorite record from, perhaps, my preferred band (modern, nowadays).

I guess success went to their heads a bit. And Yannis Philippakis has his own demons. The second album, I have a feeling, proved rather hard. "Total Life Forever" gives off mixed signals: it's gloomy and moody and almost spooky, but then it is full of afro-pop, guitar riffs and heavy drumming, which is so familiar to me from Antidotes and so wonderful when listened to live (think festivals, think big and small arenas). The songs started to be meaningful, richer, more complex, this is not just a dance record. It is not a dance record at all.

No matter what (and I am writing this review after the release of their third album), Foals are wonderful and a very promising quintet. I love them. And I could go on and analyse each and every song from the album (title track - ah the bass!, "Spanish Sahara" - post-apocalyptic meditation with bashful ending, "This Orient" - energetically punk-y and robust, "Alabaster" ah just so beautiful etc.).

While "Total Life Forever" is more thoughtful, deeper, full of emotions, something is just not right. It's off-balance, it leaves me wondering every time I listen to it, it's not rounded, not complete. Or so I think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Total Life Forever will always be enough! 9 Jan 2013
By C22man
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Progression not Regurgitation. 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.

Enjoy.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone deserves a second chance! 4 May 2010
By Billy R
Format:Audio CD
I walked out of a Foals gig at Newcastle about 15 months ago as I found them self indulgent on stage and totally the opposite of their 'Antidotes' album - the new release gave me the chance to see if they deserved a 'second chance'.
It also coincided with the chance to see them live @ Ncle Uni and on both counts I have to own up to being glad at offering them their 'redemption' - although Sahara & Orient are stand out tracks on both the CD and live it is all round a far better effort than their first album and certainly (for me) different enough to warrant some praise.
It is a more rounded album with a slightly different sound that makes it better listening as a full album than their first release - that, allied to a much better live performance shows a more mature approach.
Personally, I feel that if you liked the first one you will like this one but if you have heard neither try to catch a couple of downloads and take it from there - you may be pleasantly surprised!
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4.0 out of 5 stars very Good Album
if you want a break from the drivel pumped out by indistinguishable talent show nobodies, try this. Ragged in places, but all the better for it.
Published 6 months ago by M. J. Smallcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars Sends me somewhere good
I got to this album after Holy Fire, not sure what to expect having loved that album a kinda This is The Sea for the 21st century and I was just wow ! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Just George
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Having seen the band perform at Glastonbury I have become infatuated with this band. Pure simple music you can understand the lyrics and each track is a major player on its own. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars One really good song lots of less good ones.
Really liked Spanish Sahara so bought the whole album and have never been able to get into the rest of the album which is quite different in character.
Published 10 months ago by M. Jubb
5.0 out of 5 stars Foals Gold...
After buying the current Foals album, and loving it, I though I'd delve into their back catalog, and I was not disappointed. Read more
Published 13 months ago by El-Vino
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I love this album and every song on the album was great. I bought it after buying foals' newest album Holy Fire which I woul also recommend.
Published 13 months ago by Alice W
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Presant.
Bought this for a present, my boyfriend plays it on his I pod, seems to really like it. Sings his head of so he must be enjoying it.
Published 13 months ago by Christina
5.0 out of 5 stars A success!
This was a present for my stepbrother and arrived in a seemingly good condition! The CD worked, so I am happy with the purchase.
Published 14 months ago by Eleanor Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Very good album. I enjoy it a bit more than their new one " Holy Fire". Very talented band, glad I've got it.
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