• Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Apr 8, 2008
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critic Reviews

Critic 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. They have crafted a terrific debut album and are prime to make a dent in the indie community.
  3. Thanks in part to indie super-producer David Andrew Sitek, they've got a vibrant sonic presence, and they write excellent songs.
  4. They do make thoroughly exciting music that becomes quickly airborne, able to move the listener to a different plane with disarming ease.
  5. Mojo
    80
    Antidotes feels like riding a tea-tray down an icy mountainside. [Apr 2008, p.106]
  6. 80
    This is an exciting debut.
  7. A perfectly executed debut as might be expected from a band championed in OMM53 for their mathematical precision.
  8. By tossing some horns and a variety of dark basslines into the mix, the U.K. quintet creates intense, unique songs that are more than a sum of their influences.
  9. Foals make hard, trebly, uncomfortable, spiky, anxious, uptight, straining-to-be-different music, and for all that, it’s rather good.
  10. The two guitars pick out cascading notes--never chords--against one another, the bass borrows from both Interpol and Gang of Four, and Philippakis' voice cries out in repetition wonderfully, but it's these occasional horn bursts, the electronic chops and blips, that truly complete the songs, making "Antidotes" not merely a lesson in post-new wave noodling, but evidence of the power and excitement of the genre and music itself.
  11. Alternative Press
    80
    Fantastic. This is the best new band Sub Pop has worked with in years. [June 2008, p.131]
  12. While it's true that the sheer precision of their playing is what makes some songs as great as they are, the organic touches of horns and textural washes of electronics help the group move into ground that hasn't been mined as much.
  13. Their debut sounds sleek and exhilarating, although Foals seem cautious about completely breaking out of the punk-funk strictures that have confined them so far.
  14. 70
    They never let math get in the way of a good time. [Apr 2008, p.96]
  15. 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.
  16. Philippakis loves further obscuring cryptic lyrics with his delirious yawps. Mostly that's fine, since sublimely hypnotic arrangements of horn bursts and techno glitch beats generally render meaning unnecessary. But all that yelping about "electric shocks" ("Big Big Love [Fig. 2]") might be better buried in a dub mix.
  17. Foals are a tight band with hook-laden grooves. Not worth the hype, but definitely worth keeping an eye on.
  18. Antidotes might be a touch weird, enough to earn the badge of “musician’s music”, and its cryptic lyricism isn’t typical of a romp. But when Foals’ rhythms bristle and their guitars go colorfully spastic, the art house and dance house become one and the same.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 79
  2. Negative: 6 out of 79
  1. Sep 15, 2019
    8
    Well, Antidotes by Foals in a great math rock debut album. It has a lot of energy that Foals have. (8/10)

    Favorite tracks: Olympic Airways
    Well, Antidotes by Foals in a great math rock debut album. It has a lot of energy that Foals have. (8/10)

    Favorite tracks: Olympic Airways and Tron.
    Least favorite tracks: Red Socks Pugie and Like Swimming.
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  2. Feb 28, 2018
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Rythmically it's interesting, because the drummer is amazing. Unfortunately, this brand of 'math-rock' or prog-rock, whetever you want to call it, doesn't provide any emotion. Music should be about making you feel a type of way, but this album just doesn't do that, because it focuses too much on the intellectual aspect of the music. It reminds me of Silent Alarm by Bloc Party in that regard, except BP provide more emotion despite being a similar style of indie rock. Full Review »
  3. Jun 9, 2015
    5
    This album is one of the cornerstones of what silly indie pop is. It contains some hints of math-rock (IMHO an useless sub-genre of prog-rock)This album is one of the cornerstones of what silly indie pop is. It contains some hints of math-rock (IMHO an useless sub-genre of prog-rock) but they seem really out of place and casual. There's no real sound research or study under this album, which is also difficult to hear from start to finish. Full Review »