Antidotes - Foals
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  • Summary: The debut full-length album for the Oxford, England-based band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Promise delivered, divided by expectations frenzied, multiplied by still-evident potential for future releases… equals a Pitchfork-style 8.6.
  2. Fantastic. This is the best new band Sub Pop has worked with in years. [June 2008, p.131]
  3. 80
    Antidotes feels like riding a tea-tray down an icy mountainside. [Apr 2008, p.106]
  4. 70
    They never let math get in the way of a good time. [Apr 2008, p.96]
  5. Antidotes is frequently exhilarating, challenging but immediate, cryptic and catchy, calm then frantic, as intricate, itchy fret-webs are weaved around Afrobeat drums and far-out sonics.
  6. While there is no denying the heady rush of the band in full flow, predictability creeps in over 45 minutes. [Apr 2008, p.113]
  7. It's hard not to admire the jerky, clean-toned guitar scribbles on 'Cassius,' but most of the rest of the song sounds like a Franz Ferdinand b-side.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. danielw.
    May 17, 2008
    10
    Absolutely brilliant, such a good beat throughout. Best album of 2008 so far!
  2. GeorgiaF.
    Apr 1, 2008
    10
    Mathletes? Whatever you want to call them, they've combined math rock, afropop, and dance rock, setting a daring new paradigm & an impossibly high benchmark for other indie johnny come latelies to gaze up at nervously. Smashing. Will be considered "breakthrough" by summer in the US. Give us an extra 18 months to let it sink in, but we're trying at least. Expand
  3. DRSu
    May 2, 2008
    9
    Not as frenetic as the early EPs but after the 10th it sneaks up on you and you notice the nuances in tracks you thought were duds. (see Electic Bloom, Big Big Love #2 and the ridiculously good Heavy Water). Expand
  4. ChristianP.
    Apr 9, 2008
    8
    Great debut. However it is ABSURD to call this math rock. Is every song in 4/4? NOT MATH ROCK. Common sense people.
  5. Feb 19, 2011
    8
    'Tis a pretty strong debut! Was flirting with being harsh and giving it a 7, but I think it just about deserves an 8. With a strong balance of Indie anthems and soundscapey journeys like Olympic Airways and Big Big Love, it's got a good variety. There are a couple of lame ish ventures in the form of Red Socks Puge and Electric Bloom, but other than that, damn fine. Expand
  6. Nov 25, 2014
    7
    A decent record throughout and if you wanted one word to describe it I would say solid. This is much more frantic stuff than the band's two albums output since which are more in the typical indie rock/pop vein. Some will argue that this is where Foals sound at their most unique and what they have done since fails to stand out to the same extent. While I appreciate the serious rhythmic pieces on display on ANTIDOTES and the lightning in a bottle guitar work, for me their later work is more substantial and more satisfying. Expand
  7. DaveH.
    Apr 15, 2008
    3
    If the rest of the album is anything like Cassius it's awful. When will people learn that English indie bands are absolute rubbish- theres a new one every week producing the same rubbish! Expand

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