What are you doing? You used to have so much potential. When Antidotes was released in 2008, you were regarded as Battles for the pop listener! What a compliment! Your plinky guitar lines, math-rock ambiguity, and blistering energy made you so appealing. You were intelligent yet dangerous. You were a band who would steal my calculator watch if I weren't looking, and that would be okay.
With Total Life Forever, I watched you get anxious. You lost most of your fire, but it was excusable. Almost every band gets the sophomore blues.
When I couldn't watch a single Youtube video without seeing an ad for Holy Fire, I began to get anxious myself. As one of the few bands who could benefit from exclusivity, why such an ambitious marketing campaign? Then I listened. You cashed in. Where'd your sincerity go? Was the sex appeal of “My Number” enough to trade in the incendiary “Balloons?” Admittedly, “My Number” is a complete dance banger, BUT I DON'T WANT TO DANCE, FOALS. I want to freak out! You went from a decent Battles to a second-rate Maccabees! You misstepped, but fine...I trust you'll regain your senses.
Innovative Indie Rock
Album: Holy Fire
Songs: (1) Prelude (2) Inhaler (3) My Number (4) Bad Habit (5) Everytime (6) Late Night (7) Out of the Woods (8) Milk & Black Spiders (9) Providence (10) Stepson (11) Moon