Foals – Antidotes

April 12, 2008

If you combined The Bad Plus with Vampire Weekend and threw in some Haircut 100 and some Cure-like vocals, you might get something like Oxford, UK based band Foals, who find fresh and inventive ways to mix up art rock, jam band music, jazz, ska, and Afrobeat, among other influences, for their debut record Antidotes. The album starts out strong, but really the band really comes into their own on the second half, with tracks like “Balloons,” “Big Big Love (Fig. 2)” and “Hummer,” the latter being a bonus track on the U.S. release. Antidotes is an album that really grows on you with repeated listens, and I have to think that it’s going to be on a lot of “best of 2008” lists at the end of the year. Standout cuts: “Cassius,” “Electric Bloom,” “Big Big Love (Fig. 2)” and “Hummer.”


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