Tapes - Foals
  • Band Name: Foals
  • Record Label: !K7
  • Release Date: Jul 24, 2012
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Aug 10, 2012
    80
    K7 is doing its best to keep the tradition alive, and Foals' contribution is a curatorial coupe des grace.
  2. Yes, this is a mixtape of other people's tunes, like you've made in your bedroom dozens of times before. But it isn't nostalgia, it's very 2012.
  3. Jul 2, 2012
    80
    It all adds up to an exhilarating and at times revelatory mash-up of wildly varied flavors, like a really excellent fruit salad.
  4. Aug 22, 2012
    70
    Don't get caught up in the questionable missing abilities of the selectors. Focus instead on the crossing of genres and spanning of eras. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.124]
  5. Jul 25, 2012
    70
    While maintaining a slick vibe embodying the sultry lowlights of an unsuspecting loft party, Foals' Tapes are nothing particularly groundbreaking--but sure as hell an intoxicating listen.
  6. Jul 5, 2012
    70
    A collection that is perfectly pitched between old and new with nothing too challenging. It hangs together very well for both a casual listen or as a soundtrack to a night out.
  7. Jul 2, 2012
    70
    It's a head-swirling selection of the swankiest electro, techno and house, plus silky soul from Blood Orange, geo-political pop from Condry Ziqubu and howlin' funk from Gospel Comforters.
  8. Jul 2, 2012
    70
    Congreave, has selected with more ambition than his curatorial Tapes predecessors.
  9. Jul 5, 2012
    65
    [This collection] is too varied to be streamlined into a single influence-- but at least it transcends the nostalgic idea with which it starts, making the idea of the band taking these ideas and running with them a pleasingly feasible one.
  10. Aug 7, 2012
    60
    Is it a fun, well-selected mix to throw on at a party and dance to? Yes. And, sometimes, that's enough.
  11. 60
    Ultimately, though, he [Edwin Congreave] knew exactly what his audience would enjoy, and he delivered accordingly.
  12. Aug 7, 2012
    50
    Tapes is hampered by unimaginative mixing and a serious lull in proceedings at the halfway point.
  13. Jul 10, 2012
    40
    If you come to Foals from an exclusively indie rock perspective, this may blow your tiny mind. But if this is Foals' attempt to infiltrate clubland proper, it falls short.

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