For me this is every Foals album - a nice enough sound, two or three good songs, but all of it workmanlike or straining toward something it never quite reaches. This time, with the disastrous addition of clunking faux-deep zeitgeist lyrics.
It’s annoying because it sounds like they were genuinely worked up - and I think if they’d put the effort of the double album into ten songs (and got critical) they might have had something.
Love that people are loving it, though. I have a feeling that a lot of this stuff would be drunken fun live - and maybe this will be the thing that takes them to true headliner status. Honestly, I think they’re lacking an absolute smash single, though.