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Track Listings
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
11. What Remains

BBC Review:
Second albums, as John Lennon once famously remarked, are what happen when youre busy making other plans. Just ask Oxford five-piece Foals, whose career to date has been distinguished by colossal doses of hype and the sort of niggling pomposity which led frontman Yannis Philippakis to declare his ambition to write a ballet with beats. Foals, he seemed to be suggesting, were in the Future Business.
The bands 2008 debut, Antidotes, delivered on the early promise of their cool-yet-frenetic style. But the widescreen production from TV on the Radios Dave Sitek hinted at the limitations of their approach something, you felt, would have to give for Foals to step things up a notch. Their answer on Total Life Forever is to relax the binary plotting of their punk-funk jams and punch up the pop factor. If this all sounds distressingly unlike the future, thats because it is. But we neednt fret: the trick here is to locate a beating heart, the missing Z to their rigorous X and Y axes, without losing sight of what made them so exciting in the first place.

First single This Orient is compelling evidence theyve pulled off the balancing act with panache, shades of Steve Reich infusing the swoonsome pop splendour Bloc Party could never quite muster. Meanwhile Spanish Sahara is a mortally-fixated centrepiece, inspired by the young Philippakis traumatic encounter with a dead dog floating in the sea. Building in vaguely post-rock fashion from stark beginnings that recall The xxs tousled melancholy, it reaches a superb finale, easily the most affecting thing theyve done.

Indeed, this albums opening salvos make such light work of this lightening up business youll wonder if its The Mystery Jets new record youve walked in on, not Foals. The chimed intro of Blue Blood features Yannis properly singing and could almost be Glasvegas, at least until it suckers you with an ace chorus that steps directly to the dancefloor. Miami is 80s stadium funk with barrelling bass and a strangely hip hop undertow. And the title-track feels similarly funky, but in a precision pop context. Elsewhere, 2 Trees finds subtler ways to grow: its a breathy beauty recalling the delicately-knitted textures of Can at their most blissed-out.

Total Life Forevers break with the past is astutely judged, the execution is even better. For all their occasionally high-falutin talk of Arthur Russell and Fela Kuti and the Wu-Tang Clan as influences, Foals victory here is to loosen up and enjoy the moment. After all, the future can be a self-defeating business. --Alex Denney
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#1
Class album
#2
"Their answer... is to relax the binary plotting of their punk-funk jams and punch up the pop factor... " "the trick here is to locate a beating heart, the missing Z to their rigorous X and Y axes..."


Do people still write like this? This is like 1980's NME stuff. Alex Denney has to be just about the worst writer on the planet right now- is he always like this? It's hilarious! It's going to take me a while before I can listen to this album without giggling, though. Hope it's as good as the first one- voted hot, for the 'mortally-fixated' review alone.
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wonkypops
Do people still write like this? This is like 1980's NME stuff. Alex Denney has to be just about the worst writer on the planet right now- is he always like this? It's hilarious! It's going to take me a while before I can listen to this album without giggling, though. Hope it's as good as the first one- voted hot, for the 'mortally-fixated' review alone.


Hmm... I hadn't read it; simply a copy and paste job. He is a bit lost up his own backside, poor bloke.
#4
"Hmm... I hadn't read it; simply a copy and paste job. He is a bit lost up his own backside, poor bloke."


I could sort of tell you hadn't read it all somehow- the first paragraph is ok, and I almost stopped there- until I got to the 'Z, X and Y axes bit, and then I got a flashback to 1983 NME, with its pretentious posturing and ludicrous over-writing. If Alex Denney starts writing for NME I might start reading it again- does it still exist? I stopped reading it in 1983- I was fifteen at the time. If only I'd known that it was so funny at the time... Thanks for posting it up, it's made my day that has.
#5
Does the NME still exist? Yeah it's going strong and is still stuck in its own world, like so many music review magazines and sites are. It's still written at sixth-former level.
#6
Pokey
Does the NME still exist? Yeah it's going strong and is still stuck in its own world, like so many music review magazines and sites are. It's still written at sixth-former level.


6th formers are the target audience, so what do you expect.

I read the NME from 1987 (age 16) until 1997, and gave up on it when I switched to getting my music reviews from the web.

Oh yeah, now about to buy this cd from Amazon - but gonna got the £7.99 "Deluxe" 2cd version.
#7
Just spotted this is £5.00 on the Tesco website plus you get 150 clubcard points (worth £6!)

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