Review: What Went Down by Foals

What Went Down by FoalsWhoa, Foals. What happened there? I know this is the trajectory the band has been heading towards. Their last record, Holy Fire, embraced a groove that they merely hinted at in their previous, more mathematical releases. But man, What Went Down is crunchy. The band have pinned down their festival ambitions so well that it sounds like they have been at it from the very beginning. (Not that we had any doubt, but you get the idea, yes?) It’s like they went on a collision course with the more recent Arctic Monkeys and cleaned up and took it as their own. (However, as the album runs you get the feeling that they could go a bit further with it, but I’m not allowing that to wallow in my head.) The grooves are irresistible, the bass is dirty enough to dance with, and yet there’s no feeling that they’ve ripped off anybody, or even paid homage to anybody. This is unusual. I am actually amazed. What Went Down is a strong, cohesive album, and I dare you not to get funky with this. [NB] | 4/5

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