Holy Fire - Foals

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Feb 12, 2013
    Holy Fire slightly refines the agenda Foals established on Total Life Forever, and that’s certainly not a bad thing.
  2. 85
    Holy Fire is Foals’ masterpiece because it ties in the rhythmic nature of their debut, the soul of the second album, producing finally the rhythmic soul of its own.
  3. 90
    Holy Fire brings new words to mind. Sharp. Emotive. Massive.
  4. Feb 8, 2013
    Holy Fire is the sound of a band utterly on form and completely on top of their game.
  5. Feb 6, 2013
    Not only is Holy Fire utterly sublime, it’s a record that’s been six years in the making.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Feb 12, 2013
    Highlights: "Milk Black Spiders", "Late Night", "Everytime" "Inhaler"
    An incredible album by an incredible band, Antidotes is amazing, it
    has amazing songs and sounds that get stuck in your head for a while and you can listen to most of the songs any time, but it was missing something, Soul. Total life Forever answered that with an incredible amount of soul and epicness (if that exists) in the album. But Holy Fire is a combination of both, an album with songs that get stuck in your head, but also have soul and they all mean something, they all are good, it had been a while since I had heard an album with 11 perfect songs. Full Review »
  2. Feb 12, 2013
    I think Foals' best album to date. It just feels... complete. I'll admit I didn't found it as inspired as Antidotes (still my favourite album), but they finally managed to gave form and style to their kind of music. The result is a rough, hard sound with echoing melodies, and it's gorgeous.
    Sure someone will hate this. I think it's a matter of tastes, since technically speaking, Total Life Forever is probably better than this "tripping experience", and there are no really incisive hits (Inhaler is the only exception).
    Anyway, I highly recommend to listen to it if you liked their previous albums.
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  3. Feb 17, 2014
    hard to argue with the acclaim

    It's hard to argue with the acclaim and praise that has been heaped on this record. Holy Fire is an
    extremely well put together piece of work. The songwriting is solid and based on a style that lies somewhere between dark pop and indie but Foals definitely bring their own modern spin on these well trodden genres. The rhythm section of the band are on fire while the guitar work often bring The Edge of U2's more restrained work to mind.

    For me, its in the vocal department that Foals come up a little short. The delivery can be dull at times and its hard to hear any emotion in the vocals which in turn makes it difficult to recognise any feeling in the songs. Overall, an enjoyable record and well worth having.
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