Holy Fire

Foals - Holy Fire
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2013 Ratings: #290 / 1089
Year End Rank: #48
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Based on 484 ratings
2013 Ratings: #186
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The 405

The urgency of old has been mixed with the tender beauty of their more recent output, and the result of this marriage is an album that sums up what they've done before just as well as it heralds the beginning of a bold new chapter for them.

90
Drowned in Sound

Not only is Holy Fire utterly sublime, it’s a record that’s been six years in the making. A record where Foals have focussed their many triumphs and missteps into one cohesive statement. 

90
musicOMH

Holy Fire is the sound of a band utterly on form and completely on top of their game.

90
NME

At times it feels as if there is no arena, stadium or field big enough to contain the songs on ‘Holy Fire’ - although you get the feeling plenty of them will be filled with these songs over the next 12 months.

83
A.V. Club

Holy Fire’s layered, painstakingly constructed songs practically beg for repeated late-night, full-volume listens, and there are enough hints of brilliance to keep Foals near the top of its class.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

At the same time that Foals’ Holy Fire takes its time to develop giant-slaying hooks, the album rewards repeated listens.

80
The Fly

Bouncy indie pop sits shoulder to shoulder with expansive soundscapes and the crescendo remains king. Still, this time around everything is bigger, bolder and funkier.

78
Paste

As a whole, Holy Fire is a bold effort from Foals, but like on Total Life Forever, there are few clear standout tracks admist a lot forgettable mood-setting filler. 

76
Pitchfork

Holy Fire is undoubtedly a very good, ambitious record, one that operates on an artistic economy of scale, where the lustrous production and singles like "My Number" and "Inhaler" do the heavy work of confirming Foals' headliner status.

72
Beats Per Minute

Their third effort has proven a lot, yet it feels more like an investment in the future than a work of instant gratification.

70
Consequence of Sound

This is Foals at their most mature, knowing that they have a lot to live up to and doing everything they can to deliver.

70
PopMatters

If Holy Fire is taken as a clarion call from indie rockers oversees, then we may have a lot to look forward to this year.

65
Under The Radar

Holy Fire reveals a band adept at carving out arc and terrain in its music, and demonstrates a big step forward with a newfound coherence .

50
No Ripcord

Through their first two releases, Foals were able to showcase their evolving sound, but with Holy Fire, their evolution stops dead in its tracks. 

40
FACT Magazine

It’s therefore a massive let down that, rather than some kind of righteous culmination, Holy Fire is by some way Foals’ least interesting record.

TheCarioca
70

Prelude - 4/5
Inhaler - 4/5
My Number - 4/5
Bad Habit - 3/5
Everytime - 3/5
Late Night - 4/5
Out of the Woods - 3/5
Milk & Black Spiders - 3/5
Providence - 4/5
Stepson - 4/5
Moon - 3/5

carole
85

Holy Fire is Foals best album till date. In this essay I will

80

Holy Fire showed the real beginning of Foals’ new sound and style. The Oxford quintet showed that they were able to write darker, heavier, grittier rock bangers, like Prelude and Inhaler, as well as more dancefloor ready hits, like My Number and Providence, and more emotional, spine chilling tracks like Late Night, Bad Habit and Moon. The production on this record is a lot similar to that of Total Life Forever, with a slight change in overall tone, for the better i think.

TheCarioca
70

Prelude - 4/5
Inhaler - 4/5
My Number - 4/5
Bad Habit - 3/5
Everytime - 3/5
Late Night - 4/5
Out of the Woods - 3/5
Milk & Black Spiders - 3/5
Providence - 4/5
Stepson - 4/5
Moon - 3/5

carolep
80

Holy Fire is Foals best album till date. In this essay I will

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86

Such an upgrade. It’s opening tracks are all amazing, and the quality just doesn’t drop.

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Added on: October 29, 2012