Foals: Antidotes

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Ross Riley

30th March 2008
At 12:00 GMT

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If the birth of new young signals the start of a new season, a new year and a new generation then the arrival of Foals is both apt and timely.

This album presents us with the challenge of separating it from its vast entourage of buzz and hype, the album itself has been finished since late last year and has thus surfed the wave of the next big thing chatter that always stalks the music industry.

So the question is, does this album deserve the reputation it is starting to carve out?

Well there's two answers to that question and since it's our job, we're going to be opinionated on the matter.

Every now and then an album comes along that almost effortlessly encapsulates the many tentacles of the musical zeitgeist. Whilst not always being a conceptual or an artistic masterpiece Foals seem to have captured the spirit of the time for their audacious debut album.

What 'Antidotes' does do is exude a great deal of style, impeccable timing and an uncanny ability to twist and meander around the occasionally caustic and almost programmatic sounds that are the hallmark of this release.

From the opening 'Un peu d'air sur la terre' of 'The French Open', Antidotes gives you the kind of breakneck intrigue that's both rare and exhilarating. 'Cassius' continues the pace until the album's real highlight 'Red Sock Pugie' which drips with pure unadulterated musical adrenaline.

There's not really any letup in the quality as the album continues, last year's single 'Balloons' marks the rhythmic peak of the album, but even as the sound calms down to a more introspective pace with 'Heavy Water' and 'Two Steps Twice' the band's mastery of style and atmosphere shines throughout.

Antidotes is an incredibly accomplished album and will undoubtedly be one of the musical highlights of 2008, it's hard to tell if Foals will possess any more longevity that the recent crop of excellent debut album bands, but for now it's enough to bask in the all-round immediacy of Antidotes and celebrate another great British debut.

Rating:  9 / 10

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