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Disappointing...by Foals standar
on 17 March 2013
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???