Total Life Forever

Foals - Total Life Forever
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2010 Ratings: #141 / 854
Year End Rank: #26
User Score
Based on 192 ratings
2010 Ratings: #62
May 11, 2010 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
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.
91
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.

80
PopMatters

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.

80
Clash
‘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.
80
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.
76
Pitchfork

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.

73
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.
70
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.

70
AllMusic

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.

70
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.
60
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.

zachthesnack
91
The end of Spanish Sahara gave me goosebumps
JediMark
86
This album has Foals best songs.
Felindie
80
Fav Tracks: Black Gold , Spanish Sahara ,Blue Blood
lemuriams
80
Their most powerful album so far
85
1. Blue Blood - 10
2. Miami - 9.5
3. Total Life Forever - 10
4. Black Gold - 8.5
5. Spanish Sahara - 10
6. This Orient - 8.5
7. Fugue - 5.0
8. After Glow - 9.0
9. Alabaster - 7.0
10. Two Trees - 8.0
11. What Remains - 7.5

93/110 - 84.5/100
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#37/NME (2010-2014)

Track List

  1. Blue Blood 
  2. Miami 
  3. Total Life Forever 
  4. Black Gold 
  5. Spanish Sahara 
  6. This Orient 
  7. Fugue 
  8. After Glow 
  9. Alabaster 
  10. Two Trees 
  11. What Remains

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