Album Review: Foals – Holy Fire

posted by on february 12, 2013 at 6:07 pm in Album Reviews

Foals - Holy Fire

our rating



key points

  • a couple of fun songs
  • mostly formulaic

key tracks

  • inhaler
  • late night
  • out of the woods

songs from the album

late night

alec’s review

my score

Holy Fire is flawed by a lack of real innovation. It starts out well enough, with an impressive instrumental driven by strong bass and a kind of build-up feeling. It would be a fantastic overture to a powerful album if only a powerful album followed. By the third song, a dance-rock number with a disco-like beat, any excitement that was created is gone. Many songs sound over-produced, under-creative, and kind of dull. Nothing new is achieved, and nothing old is done well enough to be remarkable. There is also a sense of confusion throughout; songs don’t really seem to fit next to one another. It’s a shame, because there are some good songs that do break the monotony (I do like Out of the Woods quite a bit) only to be thrown right back in to it as the next track begins. For an album entitled Holy Fire you would think that something would be crackling; instead you have some good fundamentals that are ready to burn, but they lack a certain spark.

Impression: An album that is less than the sum of its parts, there’s no real creative energy that makes you want to pay attention.


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