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has leaked. Anyone heard it?
it's only the Dave Sitek mix that has leaked. I've heard Cassius and Red Socks so far, theyre OK.
its alriiiight on first listen.
had it for over a month now. its awesome
i had it before it was even recorded
Before Jack was born.
Seems a bit one-paced, and repetitive so far...
Then again I got myself so worked up about this, that it is bound to be a disappointment.
If I've got the proper version or not?
Sitek mix talk has come from, surely they wouldn't send out promo CDs with the wrong mix on.
Sitek's version leaked ages ago, did it not? Also, Wikipedia say it leaked today.
when i first heard it i thought
- 'oh dear, seems a bit one-paced and repetitive' as someone up there ^^^ has said.
- why the hell did they have to leave off mathletics and hummer??
- the brass instruments are just naff and have ruined otherwise great songs
BUT then i listened a few more times and can't stop listening now. i still think the brass instruments are crud but leaving off their better-know 'hits' leaves more room for lesser-known songs to really shine. red socks pugle, olympic airways, electric bloom and heavy water kick ass. there's also a lot more depth to their music then i previously expected, having enjoyed them more as a fun, dance-y disco outfit.
the horns are pretty sweet, livens up the demos. I will definitely be buying this along with Good Nature.
it plods along a bit; not as energetic as i'd hoped
and as much as the music sounds BRILLIANT, I think the main problem is that Yannis really can't sing. Every song has the same sort of nearly-yelping a-bit-like-the-Rapture vocal line. It's a shame cos the music, especially on tracks like Balloons, is amazing. Might grow on me though.
I think it'd be really really good in an indie-club/disco, because then you'd just dance along and not pay attention to the vocals.
Dunno why they had to take all that mutherfunkin groove out of Two Steps Twice though...
i know they were talking about afro beat influences etc etc etc but so much of this just plods along at a horribly slow pace, when it really needed to be energetic and fast in places. french open sounds utterly crippled compared to how much fun it is live. there also seems to be too much space in between all the wirey guitar lines, if that makes any sense. it feels like they need some meat somewhere to fill the sound out in many songs. a lot of filler, very disappointing, and as the complete opposite of a skins kid, who thought they were best when andrew sung with them, they really really should have stuck hummer and mathletics on the album, because other material does not stand up.
Fantastic pop album.
its quite good. not really grabbed by it as of yet though.
though there's nothing like seeing Foals live
the standout is Balloons. As an album it gets 6.5/10. However I'm yet to sit down and give it my full attention from start to finish. So ignore that rating. I need to let it grow.
Nothing as immediate as their previous singles. More of an emphasis on rhythm than on melody. I still reckon it lacks the raw energy of tracks like Mathletics, but we'll see.
that i quite enjoyed it. it's very pop. like the best bits of minus the bear and bloc party mixed together. however the horns are surplus to requirement, and make it sound a bit overly 2 tone in places. also - why did loads of places compare them to battles?
'Echoes'. Apparently the finished version is called 'Silent Alarm' or something...
I'll get my coat...
It's because mainstream magazines call both Battles and Foals 'math rock' (although Battles aren't, and Foals used to be, but aren't any more). So they get grouped together as sounding 'similar'.
do keep reminding me of Battles.
who are orders of magnitude better live than on record, although there are a couple of standout tracks - Heavy Water, Cassius and The French Open off the top of my head. It reminds me a little of a US band called Supersystem, although better.
For now, all I'll say is that I echo 'accidental''s comments.
i predict a chummy "a weekend in the city" review.
admit it DiS, they have missed the target by a mile.....
Forget chumminess. That wouldn't cut with the band - they might be sorta 'DiS-associated', but they're big boys and can handle criticism if they're due it.
It really suffers from not having Hummer, Astronauts and All, and Mathletics.. It feels a bit slow and a little below the par it should be on, stemming from those tracks.
However, it's still fucking good shit.
CASSIUS, IT'S OVER.
the production sounds great, it sounds really layered and big.
but as people have said, it'd be nice to have hummer and mathletics on board, and some of the horns aren't needed
can't be doing with the drums on this either. It's the same 'tsh! tsh! tsh!' disco hi-hat all over nearly every song.
Agree with the comments by _pip above.
There are moments when you feel it building into something huge but it gets reigned back and it feels a bit disappointing by doing so.
That said though, it is still very crisp, intricate and lush sounding for the most part.
Heavy Water is superb and Big Big Love is also a winner. Red Sock Pugie is an absolute shoe-in for the next single i would say.
A decent album...
I added Mathletics and Hummer to the tracklisting. Much better with than without. DIY tracklistings FTW.
Those horns though, eurgh.
I really like it a lot.
i say it's a bit dull.
the quieter, more relaxed songs get ruined by the tech guitar lines. it's as if they don't know what else to do with a song.
the drummer could do with using less hi hat.