13 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Antidotes, the full length debut by England’s Foals, starts off with great promise, the first track building to a rollicking blend of plucked and strummed strings, clacking drums, and a shouted chorus of voices singing about ... um, the French Open? We’re not really sure, but the song is incredibly catchy and bubbly and just plain fun.  First single “Cassius” keeps the party moving, with its manic, herky-jerky pace and faint whiff of ska horns and skiffling rhythms. As Antidotes unfolds, the tautly constructed songs and rigorous guitar and percussive parts carve a serious groove. Singer (and guitarist) Yannis Philippakis has a wonderfully plaintive voice, and while the band clearly has roots in the English post-punk milieu, Foals feel right at home in the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah camp of contemporary indie rock. There is real sparkle and snap here, and to the band’s credit, they remixed the entire album after the first mix proved to be too reverb-drenched for their tastes. That said, the curious thing is that some of their trademarks make for a somewhat homogeneous listening experience; remembering individual tracks after listening takes some work.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Antidotes, the full length debut by England’s Foals, starts off with great promise, the first track building to a rollicking blend of plucked and strummed strings, clacking drums, and a shouted chorus of voices singing about ... um, the French Open? We’re not really sure, but the song is incredibly catchy and bubbly and just plain fun.  First single “Cassius” keeps the party moving, with its manic, herky-jerky pace and faint whiff of ska horns and skiffling rhythms. As Antidotes unfolds, the tautly constructed songs and rigorous guitar and percussive parts carve a serious groove. Singer (and guitarist) Yannis Philippakis has a wonderfully plaintive voice, and while the band clearly has roots in the English post-punk milieu, Foals feel right at home in the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah camp of contemporary indie rock. There is real sparkle and snap here, and to the band’s credit, they remixed the entire album after the first mix proved to be too reverb-drenched for their tastes. That said, the curious thing is that some of their trademarks make for a somewhat homogeneous listening experience; remembering individual tracks after listening takes some work.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
294 Ratings

294 Ratings

A Jack ,

Wonderful

I hear the single Balloons on SIRIUS and I liked it. Then I got the album....and I was blown away! Fantastic! Energetic, fun, and unique! When I listened to the samples on iTunes I was worried they might be a bit too much like bloc party, but that is NOT the case! They have their own great sound. Get it now and impress all your friends with your cutting edge knowledge of cool new music!

Ghost Soldier ,

Absolutely Fantastic

I got into Foals about a month ago. I've had this album for some time, illegally. From the moment I started playing this album for the first time, I quickly became aware of the specific aspects of Foals' great musicality. Mathematical drum beats, precise guitar work, catchy vocals which use a lot of repetition... it seemed like a more electronic version of the group Tokyo Police Club. Already, this band seemed too good to be true.

In addition to the number of dance-rock elements Foals uses, the whole album utilises a horn section which adds to the songs greatly.

This is a great album, with great production. Buy this album if you're a fan of Bloc Party, Tokyo Police Club, or TV On the Radio.

I have a feeling this will be the best album of 2008.

Mixie189 ,

Fantastic Album! Enjoyable Rock.

I didn't really know much about this band at all before checking them out on iTunes. I had hesitations about buying the album based on the samples....BUT...when I saw that the album was $6...how could I go wrong?

Well this album is fantastic. I've listened to it on my headphones all by my lonesome, I listened to it sharing some drinks with friends, and I blasted it when I was at the gym. It's a fantastic album that is highly listenable and appealing.

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