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Holy Fire

Holy Fire

12 Feb 2013
4.4 out of 5 stars 144 customer reviews

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Great cd
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After two brilliant albums, stellar career prospects and a sound that rejected a lot of the chugging dadrock of the past 15 yrs, this latest album is a disapointment, by the high standards i judge this Oxford five piece by.

Holy Fire has all the elements of a great album, when NOT compared to the brilliant "Total Life Forever" from 2010. The sound on "Holy Fire" is a little smoother, a little easier, the guitarwork has become somewhat simpler, its like Foals are seeking an audience which cant take too much math-rock.

Compared to 90% of music in the charts, its still brilliant, it charted in the top 5 and will sell well but i just feel that they could have continued improving, instead they have somewhat shifted sideways and are in a holding pattern over the charts.

"My Number" is their least adventerous single so far, "Inhaler" is better but still fades a little, without enough variety.

I hope the sales vs talent trap doesnt catch Foals...the record label maybe gets twitchy cos this isnt a bland Coldplay disaster and drops them???
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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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I adored Antidotes and loved Total Life Forever, but the only times TLF didn't strike a chord with me was when the tracks were on the wrong side of ordinary. Call them what you like, but Foals were never ordinary. But the rare uninspired moment on TLF was far outweighed by the shimmering and heart-stopping ones around them.

Sadly, Holy Fire sees Foals lose their mojo as far as I'm concerned. Yet, it is not without merit.

It starts well enough with Prelude and Inhaler, but the biggest red flag imaginable then raises itself in the shape of the horrifically bad My Number. A lightweight pop/funk ditty with no emotion, soul, punch or thrust. It's candy floss for the ears and by far the worst song they've ever written. Bad Habit is not much better, being an instantly forgettable MOR pop-indie-rock-by-numbers filler.

Everytime is marginally better and has a decent hook, but it all still sounds rather uninspired. Thankfully, Late Night provides some redemption. A slow-burn, slow-build track full of tension and soul, this is what I paid my money for. Next track Out of the Woods is sadly a damp squib of a track. The band don't sound like they're particularly interested by this point, which begs the question: why should we be?

Milk & Black Spiders is thankfully much more interesting and engaging, and the clattering Providence piques the interest albeit in rather directionless fashion. Stepson is a real beauty of a tune but then the album closer Moon brings a downbeat and dour ending to proceedings.

Overall, Foals always engaged me because they sounded like nobody else and their music was so damn powerful. For me, on Holy Fire, they've lost that power to inspire me and now sound like a middling indie band trying to sound like Foals.
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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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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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