Holy Fire

Foals - Holy Fire
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2013 Ratings: #220 / 960
Year End Rank: #46
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Based on 357 ratings
2013 Ratings: #193
February 11, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

MiaWatterson
60
underwhelming
Ennety
80
This might be Foals' best album. Great songs overall.
TheBravesDH
63
I feel like Foals is always a few years behind on indie trends.
CheapandLethal
85
Great
80
I have to say I started listening to Foals since Antidote and I loved Total Life Forever, but Holy Fire was a hit or miss for me. I seemed to have had mixed feelings about it, however in my opinion this is Foals third best album to me. I just wanted more from them that's all. My favorite tracks were Stepson and Moon.
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Track List

  1. Prelude
  2. Inhaler
  3. My Number
  4. Bad Habit
  5. Everytime
  6. Late Night
  7. Out of the Woods
  8. Milk & Black Spiders
  9. Providence
  10. Stepson
  11. Moon  
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