★ ★ ★ ★ ■ WHEN UK band Foals previewed this third album in November it landed with a thud. That’s because Inhaler was a hulking stallion of a Foals’ song where hirsute frontman Yannis Philippakis turns from boy to man between verse and chorus singing about being a ‘‘ momma’s boy’’ one minute, robustly declaring war on a personal space invader the next.
It divided in the way that great comeback singles often do, but also signposted change, as great third albums from indie darlings should.
The instant hit My Number should surely be their mainstream breakthrough – deft but still indie groove pop with a shimmering chorus. Bad Habit is the jangly relative of Sweet Disposition the Temper Trap deliberately avoided writing for their second album, while the chorus of Everytime positively growls.
While things taper off towards the end, Holy Fire indicates Foals are stadiumready but still charmingly erratic.