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Foals, What Went Down (Transgressive/Warner Records)




Foals, What Went Down (Transgressive/Warner Records)
Cd Reviews: October 1, 2015

10/01/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Foals, What Went Down (Transgressive/Warner Records)

This is OK, a different approach to controlled sonic fury than what you might have been anticipating from this previously math-gone-funk team from Britain. When I saw all the grousing in the blogs about how Foals had gone pop, it was kind of hard to picture, but sure, anyone can screw up anything, even with Mumfords producer James Ford running the boards. But no, I can’t concur with people who think the tunes are overworked or boring, but sure, poppy a little, if you insist. “Mountain at the Gates” might be questionable, I could see that, given the bloopy Modest Mouse guitar approach, but singer Yannis Philippakis does start to go mental after a while, lighting up his vocal tires in the increasingly fuzzy din. The title track is the baddest on board, crashing around with a no-wave edge to its heaviness — no, this isn’t so much pop as a solid collection of not-terribly-far-from-aggro statements that’d fit in between your Kasabian and Kings of Leon albums. What’s the problem, it’s on Warner? A — Eric W. Saeger





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