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Favourite Album of 2010: The Foals – ‘Total Life Forever’

31 Jan

"...the album enthralls a listener such as myself, through its capabilities in being chilling, vibrant, stunning but yet so simple."

The Foals – ‘Total Life Forever’

(Transgressive)

A band with a fierce knack for writing a good song returned in 2010 to fill your ear holes with bliss. After firing, and publicly slating the producer of their first album ‘Antidotes’, the band set off to the bright lights and very showbiz city of Gothenburg, Sweden.

The album they returned with showcases their ability to make original, ever changing and somewhat claustrophobic songs. They described the sound themselves as “the dream of an eagle dying”. This doesn’t come as a surprise, as I find it equally hard to strap down and define their sound.

I can however describe how the album enthralls a listener such as myself, through its capabilities in being chilling, vibrant, stunning but yet so simple. Yannis Philippakis’s voice through the record stretches from creepy and vulnerable to powerful and commanding. The music varies so much throughout the record that you are really left stumped as to what is coming next. I will use the well known cliché and banal word ‘journey’ to describe this attractive bundle of songs, because that is exactly what it is. In summary, I love the very bones of ‘Total Life Forever’.

There was no surprise when the album was nominated for the 2010 Mercury Music Prize. It features in nearly every 2010 top album list and is hailed by many critics to be the album of the year.
The Foals are the future of the presently struggling indie scene. Yes they are pretentious, and yes NME think they are great. But these are just trivial matters that will not (I hope) affect Yannis and his buddy’s from making an even more impressive album next time round. I look forward to it with immense anticipation.

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