Foals, "Total Life Forever"

72 Billboard Rating

In an indie-rock music scene that's arguably overloaded with Brit rock and bands named after animals, one would think that British five-piece Foals (which falls into both categories) wouldn't stand a chance. But the group-which is already highly regarded across the pond-is looking to make waves stateside with second album "Total Life Forever." To achieve this, Foals stick to the same brand of prog/math rock heard on 2008's "Antidotes." Heavily processed drums offset delicate guitar riffs on the track "Alabaster," and "This Orient" utilizes a poppy guitar pattern before launching into an atmospheric shoegaze-inspired chorus. Foals take a different approach with the song "Miami," which features stuttering percussion and droning synths. But the shimmery guitars and thundering rhythms of album closer "What Remains" show that the group does best when sticking to its own math rock genre.-Erin Clendaniel

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