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Foals: What Went Down

Pip Williams, The Line of Best Fit, 18 August 2015

FOALS AREN’T doing too badly these days. With four studio albums and a mixtape under their belts, they're one of the biggest guitar-bands to come out of the UK in recent years. New album What Went Down was heavily influenced by their relentless touring schedule and is packed with tracks that buzz with the energy Foals bring to every live show. While perhaps not as radio friendly as 2013's Holy Fire, What Went Down — helmed by producer James Ford — showcases tighter songwriting alongside contrasting dreamy lyrics. Math-rock purists may well disagree, but it wouldn't be ridiculous to suggest that this might be the band's greatest full-length work to date.

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