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Total Life Forever [Deluxe Edition]

Foals Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Warner Bros UK
  • ASIN: B003D85DVC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,408 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Blue Blood
2. Miami
3. Total Life Forever
4. Black Gold
5. Spanish Sahara
6. This Orient
7. Fugue
8. After Glow
9. Alabaster
10. 2 Trees
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Disc: 2
1. Bloo Blood
2. Bloo Blood 2
3. TLF
4. TLF 2
5. TLF 3
6. TLF 4
7. TLF 5
8. Black Gold //
9. Black Gold 2
10. Spanish Sahara (sonar)
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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".

Foals, suggests Total Life Forever, are thinkers. Whereas most bands seem comfortable dropping a second album that sounds a lot like the first one but recorded a bit quicker, this Oxfordshire quintet have done their utmost to reinvent themselves as every turn. Largely gone is the furious dance-punk that powered their earlier singles, already beginning to fade as they dropped their 2008 debut Antidotes. Replacing it on Total Life Forever is a broader musical canvas that is becoming becomes increasingly hard to pigeonhole. Recorded with producer Luke Smith, formerly of Clor, songs like "After Glow" and "This Orient" are voluminous, heavily textured exercises in atmospherics and percussion that draw on shoegaze, the Fourth World funk of later Talking Heads and experimental electronica.

This is not to say, however, that Foals have entirely bred out their pop gene. "Miami" fuses boom-bap beats with a stiff funkiness and fluid guitar lines that recall Battles, while the title track is a cool ska strut that finds Yannis Philippakis crooning "I know a place where I can go when I'm low". It’s not all immediate, but Total Life Forever is plainly crafted with care and attention, the sort of record that sinks gradually into your consciousness and stays put. –-Louis Pattison

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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6 of 7 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.

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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 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Progression is a good thing... 17 May 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
With 'Total Life Forever' Foals have lit a slow-burning fuse. The rich crackle of gunpowder, the whiff of cordite. Don't expect the cheap and, let's be honest, slightly one-note thrills of 'Antidotes'. This is a different beast altogether. TLF is a definite song-cycle and works beautifully as such. The first four tracks are a brilliant, funky suite with the incessant yelps of old maturing into a strange mix of The Cure's Robert Smith and My Morning Jacket's Jim James. From here on in it gets even more interesting with elegant, elegiac tracks like 'Spanish Sahara' and the fantastic closing salvo of `2 Trees' and `What Remains'.
After a few listens the hooks really get under your skin and take root in your brain. The longevity of the album will be borne out in this new intuitive approach - it doesn't give up its goods easily and leaves behind the repetitive sound bites of `Antidotes' for a more searching set of lyrics and emotions. The second disc offers some interesting snapshots of the album's genesis. Hardly essential but welcome variations all the same adding further flesh to TLF's bones. It's exciting to imagine where Foals might go from here, this being the reason for four stars rather than five - the sky's the limit and you can feel all the band's arms reaching upwards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning album. A must buy item.
Absolutely stunning album. Got a real buzz when I first heard this album and played it over and over again (OCD!). Read more
Published 10 days ago by Ian Blanchett
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good album
Very good album with a couple of stand out tracks like Black Gold, Spanish Sahara and Alabaster. Has a much more downtempo feel than Antidotes.
Published 15 days ago by Ian A Radcliffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Continued where they left off on Antodotes and this album is up there with their debut, superb stuff
Published 1 month ago by D. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
superb album
Published 1 month ago by charles
4.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious, but thank God for the "Holy Fire".
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. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lola
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 9 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 10 months ago by Just George
5.0 out of 5 stars Foals rock
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
Published 10 months ago by S. Breckman
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 13 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
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