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Antidotes, the acclaimed debut album by UK quintet Foals, won them attention, and the opportunity to evolve in a space of their own. Two years on from that impressive introduction, Total Life Forever is the sound of a band settling into and surveying the decay of old protocols. Written primarily in the basement of their Oxford HQ and recorded in Gothenburg, Total Life Forever is an album as persuasive emotionally as Antidotes was physically.


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  • Audio CD (June 15, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B003H8WSLQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robyn Ousby on September 30, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This band is brilliant. You can tell by their music that they are quite conscientious of what they are doing every step of the way in the song making process. With that said this isn't Antidotes part II, this is better than that. This is less dance and more music. (Sorry I am not down with the names of different music types. ie post-punk, modern-what ever).

If you loved Antidotes because it is great music you should like this one as well. If you loved the dance music you may be disappointed, but I do recommend it to all of those who truly embrace great music done well. If you like Antidotes because of the 80s feel, you may like some songs on Total Life Forever, like Miami.

I honestly can not stop listening to this album, just as the case with Antidotes. The music is done perfectly and the lyrics are more open on this album. Some say on Antidotes they were hiding the meanings of their songs behind poetry. I say all poetry is up to interpretation so who cares about that. I do love this band and think we are only witnessing the beginning of what these guys will do. Finally for me a band worth being in the league of Radiohead. Of course time will only tell if they will give us music worthy of being in that league, but I dare say they are on their way.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 15, 2010
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"Blue blood" opens Foals new CD and you'd be forgiven for thinking you were listening to Vampire Weekend. The song is groovy Bass- heavy Rock with trilling soukous guitar. Produced this time around by Luke Smith (formerly from Alt Rock band Clor, their debut was produced by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek), where "Antidotes" was a more electronic Dance/Rock affair, "Total life forever" is groovier with a loose feel.

"Miami' finds lead singer Yannis Philippakis sounding all Robert Smith-like on a catchy midtempo groove. The Dancey title track with chanted vocals sounds like Foals of yore. The stomping "Black gold" features choppy riffs and haunting harmonies with a euphoric climax. "The future is not what it used to be" sings Philippakis in a new found croon.

It's tough to pick a standout really, the almost 7 minute-long epic ballad "Spanish sahara" (with a slow building intro, increasing in tension before exploding into life towards the end), the frantic "This Orient" (with dizzying guitars), the piano interlude "Fugue", "After glow" (starts off as a ballad, leading to stomping Disco-tinged climax), the falsetto sung "Alabaster" (which starts off elegiac, building to a ballad with crunching/fuzzy beats), "2 trees" (with a floaty feel), and closing atmospheric ballad "What remains", everything thrills.

As good as their debut was, this is even more ambitious and wide screen. A wonderful head trip!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tin Bird on June 16, 2010
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Wow. How to describe this album. Much more thought out than the first. More mellow at times. Recognizable as Foals, but with a distinct air of cohesiveness and maturation that was not there before. I'm struggling for comparisons...One thing I like is that the album seems to have been created as a whole album..all the tracks fit and create a sense of meaning to the work as a whole. It's in the realm of a Talk Talk Spirit of Eden in terms of how all of the tracks fit together. One possible signpost might be the new Jack Penate album...mines similar territory a bit. great, great album that will stay with me for a while. Spiritual, deep lyrics too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edmund on February 26, 2013
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This album is one of the intresting bands of this generations,Their genere is new wave, with some math rock, more likely. All songs are quite deep base on the "Total Life Forever" concept ,kind of athing.Some of the songs descripts as a melanchoical , unsustified, and betrayel.However, all the songs had depest sounds as a sci-fi-experimentation. and the melody's are well develop. Even for the best critic-musician can agree in musical richness. Coolest song are Miami,Spanish Sahara, Total Life Forever.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Bond on May 9, 2011
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This album really is tops. The musicianship is impressive, the production is as good as it gets, and the emotion stuns you every time you hear it. [Their live show is pretty amazing as well] The track 'Afterglow' really stands out as the favorite here but all of them are incredible excluding the song 'This Orient'; it's not terrible by any means but it seems entirely out of place on this album (a purely subjective opinion) and would have been a more appropriate b-side. It can't be stated enough how perfect the production is on this album. It's like every part of every instrument is precisely where it should be and couldn't possibly work any other way; kudos Mr. Smith. After obtaining this on vinyl at their live show, I am convinced that it was made to be played on a record player. The guitars sound incredibly warm and the bass is HUGE and perfect. This album deserves to be purchased, no question.
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We all know there are a million indie bands out there. Some do the genre's hype justice and some just sound like every other band thats ever been popular. Foals "Total Life Forever" is one of those album's you find in the sea of indie music. The album start off perfectly with not one but 4 excellent top notch songs "blue blood","Miami","total life forever", and my favorite track "black gold". Then we slow things down a bit with the epic, airy track "spanish sahara". Then kicks in a bit of a fun track "This orient". Probably my least favorite track on the album. "after glow" is next and it has a slow start but once it gets going its quite a great song.Then the album starts to simmer down a bit but in a beautiful way with "Alabaster","2trees" and another one of my favorite tracks "what remains" which really ends the album perfectly. This album is really worth the money despite what a couple people have said on here.
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