FOALS Holy Fire Trans­gres­sive/

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - BRIAN KEANE

Warn­ers It’s good to plan ahead. For Foals, even with­out the sonic leap that distin­guished To­tal Life For­ever, their third al­bum is an unapologetic at­tempt at se­duc­ing the masses. Spa­ciously co-pro­duced by Flood and Alan Moul­der, the pre­co­cious Ox­ford five-piece are, mu­si­cally, well up to the task of match­ing their grand as­pi­ra­tions. Where an­gu­lar in­die tunes once lurked now stride big songs – ter­rific multi-tempo blends of pop, funk and rock – de­signed for big venues. Front­man Yan­nis Philip­pakis’s dole­ful voice is suited to dreamy soul-searchers like Out of the Woods and Step­son, but his thin tim­bre drags Late Night and Milk & Black Spi­ders down from the vast heights they’re aim­ing for. Far from flaw­less but in­ter­est­ing enough to raise the ques­tion: where to next? Down­load: Bad Habit, Out of the Woods, Step­son

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