This week Drake skips the review of his namesake, but takes a shine to the newly introspective Foals. -ed.
Drake’s Take: New Releases 06.15.10
It’s another week where I’m so far behind in everything possible that I probably should’ve just skipped this post. But for some reason, this this is the one that gets the most email response. New releases this week feature the latest from Foals, Pernice Brothers, Robyn, Drake, a return of Devo, Punch Brothers, We Are Scientists and Gaslight Anthem.
Playlist: New Releases 06.15.10
An album that opens itself to you after a few listens, Total Life Forever is a major break from the previous efforts of Foals. Gone for the most part are post-punk disco rhythms with a more measured approach in its place. The songs unfold slowly and surely, expanding the band’s sound tenfold. Besides a musical growth, Foals has added an emotional center that was lacking in the cold and calculated Antidotes. A few listens to “Spanish Sahara” go far in that direction. Given the leaps and bounds they’ve made since Antidotes, the best thing about Total Life Forever may be projecting where they end up next.
There’s much here that lines up nicely with the best of Joe Pernice’s output (like the ode to Valley of the Dolls author “Jacqueline Susann”), but ultimately Goodbye, Killer suffers from a lack of something, and I’m guessing it’s guitarist Peyton Pinkerton, who is absent from a Pernice Brothers recording for the first time.
Download: “Jacqueline Susann” [mp3]
More on the radar (and in the mp3 player) this week:
Robyn – Body Talk Pt. 1
Drake – Thank Me Later
Devo – Something For Everybody
Punch Brothers – Antifogmatic
We Are Scientists – Barbara
The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
The Like – Release Me