Hard for me to vote against December’s Traditions.
I don’t think Foals have the clout to take their music off Spotify. I’ve bought all of their records, but I’m a happy Premium Spotify customer. Artists are always moaning, and often for justifiable reasons – the industry has done them no favors in terms of figuring out an adequate business model that satisfies all parties. But streaming music is here to stay.
LOL at their OU love.
SPIN Magazine so desperately wanted Electronica to happen in a big way. And it did – everywhere in the Western world except the United States. Except for a few big singles from Prodigy and Chemical Brothers, that movement never materialized here, though EDM is clearly it’s bastard son. And I say that as someone who actually likes some EDM. But I’ve yet to hear a song that kicks ass like Firestarter.
Great article, but I’ll believe it when I see it. Guitar bands on pop radio have, as the article states, waxed and waned for a while. Great music is great music, and I have no bone to pick about the guitar not being the dominant instrument. But it’s incredibly versatile, and the thrill of great rock music will probably never disappear. And technology has done the electric guitar as much favor as it has the synthesizer.
And, hell, while we’re at it, let’s not overlook the reaction against synthpop from bands like Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, etc. Not rock bands (nor bands I particularly like), but hey – a guitar’s a guitar. So we’ll see, but I predict that bands will reemerge in the next 4 years with a vengance.
Which you should, as those 5 songs are the best 5 songs they’ve ever recorded.
Did they change the cover of the album?
It does sound eerily similar to Higher Love, doesn’t it?
Best thing they’ve ever done is the final 10 seconds of Cemeteries of London. A truly haunting piano riff.
I have a hard time believing this was a botched appearance given how long it must’ve taken to film that Get Lucky dance video, though Robin Thicke has been everywhere lately.
I think they put more thought into the video than they did the song.
Hard to imagine how This Modern Love was left out – I agree with Matthew.
He sounds a lot like Bobby Gillespie on this track.
+1. Fact remains, if it was so easy to write a hit song, everyone would do it. It’s much easier to make something inaccessible (which isn’t saying that Congratulations was tossed off slop).
I actively prefer the US version of Chemical World to either UK version. And to the Villa Rosie fan – I’m with you that it’s a definite grower that gets better with repeated listens…I love the guitar line. But I”ve always liked Colin Zeal best on that album, though For Tomorrow (Visit to Primrose Hill Extended Edition) is a CLOSE second.
Is it wrong to say that I found High Violet a little…boring? Don’t get me wrong – I really liked that album, but I feel that Boxer is much stronger. Some of the songs on HV were a little let down by the beauty of the production and probably could’ve stood to be a little rougher around the edges. I did love Lemonworld and Afraid of Everyone though.
Best song yet, and we’re 3 great songs into an album that is promising to live up to the high standards the band has already set.
Shades of Manic Street Preachers debut here, for a host of reasons.
I actually like the dry sound of Liams voice. A big change from the reverb soaked double-track of yesteryear. And, frankly, this is much closer to his live singing voice (for better or for worse). I’m really liking the direction of this album…it’s actually *interesting*! Color me pleasantly surprised.
I desperately tried to see them in Atlanta in ’99 for TIMTTMY but it proved to be logistically impossible. But you are correct – they have toured the US precisely twice in the past 15 years, and the tour before that was ill-fated as well: they were opening for Oasis when that tour was abruptly canceled in Charlotte in 1996.
Interesting tidbit – Sean Moore was sitting in an SUV outside of a bar across the street from the venue after the show, and chatted with a buddy and me for about 30-45 minutes. Great guy, and seemed genuinely excited about the reception they got here in the US. Anyway, thanks for the article…I look forward to more British bands feeling the love on Stereogum!
Michael – you are me. And because of that, I’m going to guess we were *both* at the Manics show at Webster Hall back in ’09. What an experience!
I like Holy Fire a lot – particularly My Number, Bad Habit and Out of the Woods. My main issue with the album is that, sonically, many of the songs have a similar sound. What I really loved about Total Life Forever was how each song had a vibe, and there was a cohesiveness to that vibe that stopped far short of every song sounding similar to one another. However, on this album, once you’re past My Number, every song has a similar hazy, reverby vibe that starts at Bad Habit, maybe lets up for Providence, but kicks right back in at Stepson ’til the end. Bloc Party encountered a similar problem with A Weekend in the City. I blame this completely on the production, as I like the *melodies* a lot. The production is very professional (as it should be with two giants at the helm), but I wish it wasn’t so samey sounding after My Number.
Having said that, I’m very excited for their tour and will definitely be rocking out to all 3 of their albums in immense anticipation of seeing them again. They seem like good guys, and I love the music they make.
Sounds like the catchiest thing they’ve written since Juicebox.