Total Life Forever

Foals - Total Life Forever
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2010 Ratings: #111 / 892
Year End Rank: #24
User Score
Based on 335 ratings
2010 Ratings: #64
Liked by 12 people
May 10, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Transgressive / Label
Indie Rock / Genres / Website
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The Fly
At a time when there’s a dearth of new guitar bands, ‘Total Life Forever’ will establish Foals as one of the UK’s most important – their second album is an inventive, thrilling and flawless masterpiece.
A.V. Club

TLF is a bid to be less in your face than in your head, and while its effect is less immediate, it’s a comedown that’s way more fun than the party.


As soon as Foals’ guitars begin their patient chime, it’s clear that this is a band suddenly and surprisingly in full control of its powers.

‘Total Life Forever’ is a massive leap forward for the band. The music writhes with a renewed ambition, capable of moving from near ambient strains of electronica to propulsive African funk in a drum break. Shifting from their 2D debut album, ‘Total Life Forever’ is a three-dimensional triumph.
Alternative Press
Even when Foals stretch back into the comfortable strides of danceable beats and scratchy guitars, it is tinged with something sour and slightly acidic. This isn't the same band we once knew–thank heaven for that.

At every turn, Total Life Forever is inviting. Much more alive than earlier efforts, it's an album with a complexion that constantly changes with time.

Beats Per Minute
Foals is a band with untapped potential: they’ve got a solid vocalist, are more than competent at their instruments, and clearly have an ear for melodies, but the way they put their music together remains mostly uninspiring.
Drowned in Sound

Where Antidotes had blitzkriegs, Total Life Forever has drawn-out hypnoses; where Antidotes was furious and muscular and destructive, Total Life Forever is quiet and sinister and inconsolable.


Where some see restraint, others may very well see refinement, and those who appreciated Antidotes' more spacy passages will find that Foals' reinvention of their sound is a calculated risk that definitely pays off.

American Songwriter
Some songs linger too long like a bee that tip-toes across your skin trying to discern whether you really are in fact pollen.
Tiny Mix Tapes

At its core, Total Life Forever is a good dance record: something you could leave on at a party and not stop moving to until its full 50 minutes have finished. But as much as it tries to run away from that, it isn’t a whole lot else.

aight so if my pfp didnt give it away I am a BIT biased fine, sure. but hear me out.

While I was a child in 2008 and didnt know what a foal was I can imagine after hearing unique, off the wall, dancy, melancholic mayhem on antidotes, this isnt really what a lot of foals fans were hoping for in their follow up release. Hell antidotes is one of my favourite albums, even the creepy ominous bsides and childish artwork of that era had something special about them that foals would never really visit ... read more
There's something so incredibly satisfying about this album. It's simplistic, sure, but it's still a very well-rounded, cohesive album. It's a great take on the indie genre. In my opinion, music doesn't need to be innovative to be good, so long as you deliver your original take on an already existing genre and you do it well, I can appreciate it. That's exactly what Foals do on TLF.
Foals venture into a dreamier indie rock sound in their second effort, and while it doesn’t reach the energetic highs of their Debut, it’s still a very good album. A problem with this album is the mixing. Antidotes didn’t have fantastic mixing either but the sound of that album was quite straightforward and simple, so it didn’t matter. But when you’re trying to achieve a fleshed out, complex, and dreamier sound like in this album, the mixing is gonna have to be ... read more
The end of Spanish Sahara gave me goosebumps
Foals refine their style from Antidotes and succeed.
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