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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the British indie rock band was produced by frontman Yannis Philippakis.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
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  1. 100
    Merging their asymmetrical early math pop with the deep space atmospherics of Total Life Forever and Holy Fire, plus added innovations – ambient rainforest throbs on “Moonlight”, deadpan EDM on “In Degrees”, Afro-glitch Radiohead on “Café D’Athens” – they’ve created an inspired album of scorched earth new music that, in all likelihood, will only really be challenged for album of the year by Part 2.
  2. Mar 1, 2019
    100
    Musically tying everything that’s come before together in a comprehensive showcase of the band’s continued prowess, and lyrically providing an ominous but defiant voice for 2019, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost is Foals’ definitive statement. And that’s only part one!
  3. Mar 12, 2019
    90
    Foals create a testament to their longevity but also consider where this new era is going to take them. Is this Foals’ first front-to-back essential record? Not quite, but with Pt.2 around the corner, it’s surely just a matter of time.
  4. Q Magazine
    Mar 1, 2019
    80
    Everything Not saved is an exercise in artistic liberation. More importantly, perhaps, since it's chock full of tunes, it all comes without them losing the creative ground they've gained, [Apr 2019, p.108]
  5. Mar 22, 2019
    70
    Foals have always been deft wielders of unease, and the shambolic Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost feels certain in its uncertainty. Whether or not all of these stylistic shifts find some common ground with the release of volume two remains to be seen, but there's no denying the vitality that runs through this ten-song set, nor the inescapable feeling of doom.
  6. Mar 5, 2019
    70
    Its meticulous self-production frames new lyrical pathways from band leader Yannis Philippakis, who seeks to channel the anxieties and fears felt the world over in light of our crumbling political systems and ecological crises. It's a tall order to wade into such essential yet complex themes, ones that Philippakis felt a duty to engage with.
  7. Mar 8, 2019
    50
    Bless ‘em for their ambition, and too bad it didn’t yield more than this muddled set.

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Mar 8, 2019
    10
    The only "bad" thing in this record is that it ends. Absolutely addicting, well produced and totally worth all the wait for a Foals new album.The only "bad" thing in this record is that it ends. Absolutely addicting, well produced and totally worth all the wait for a Foals new album.
    Waiting for Pt.2
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  2. Mar 22, 2019
    10
    I was huge fan of Holy Fire and less inspired by What Went Down. However, this is different than anything they’ve ever done, and it’s aI was huge fan of Holy Fire and less inspired by What Went Down. However, this is different than anything they’ve ever done, and it’s a different taste. Some people may not appreciate that; but it still holds original roots of their prior work. For me, it’s easy to say that this is not only their most ambitious work, but possibly their best album yet. It embodies a different melody and finds itself split between tempos. Yet I disagree with reviews calling this album unguided or lacking direction. They know what they were looking to achieve and they met that goal. Expand
  3. Mar 8, 2019
    9
    White Onions and Exits were definitely solid. I love how varied this album is. From In degrees, which makes you wanna dance, to Sunday, whichWhite Onions and Exits were definitely solid. I love how varied this album is. From In degrees, which makes you wanna dance, to Sunday, which brings the feels. I just LOVED this album. Syrup didn't totally convince me, but it gets better at min4. Expand
  4. Mar 9, 2019
    8
    Most cohesive album by Foals to date. The lyrical concepts, songwriting, and instrumental experimentation make this my favorite album of theMost cohesive album by Foals to date. The lyrical concepts, songwriting, and instrumental experimentation make this my favorite album of the year so far. Can't wait for part 2. Expand
  5. Mar 12, 2019
    8
    Yannis & Co. are back (minus Walter) and they are arguably better than ever before. I have to say whilst I enjoyed the singles to Part 1, IYannis & Co. are back (minus Walter) and they are arguably better than ever before. I have to say whilst I enjoyed the singles to Part 1, I was still left hungry for that upbeat fast-paced vibe and it's safe to say that they have fulfilled that. I feared that without Walter the band would falter and wouldn't show what made me fall in love with them all those years ago. Nonetheless, since returning to the studio with this effort Foals have left me excited and hungry to see what the "heavier" Part 2 will bring. My only complaint is that I wish it didn't feel like it was over in a flash.

    On first listen alone, White Onions and In Degrees had me dancing, period. The guitars and Yannis' vocals are just so tight on both of these tracks it's unreal.
    Syrups then starts slow and builds up to this beautiful fast bop that follows suit with the previous two tracks.
    After the interlude, we return to Sunday, a single that really had me excited for what this album would bring after the sound the bridge on this track, in particular, showed and is definitely my favourite single from the album. Foals wrap up Part 1 with this beautiful song that is played with a gorgeous piano and some glitzy synths that slowly just start to overpower the track in such a wonderful way.

    Favourite Tracks:
    White Onions, In Degrees, Sunday
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  6. May 9, 2019
    7
    Foals' new album, "Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Pt. 1" marks the return of the indie rock masters. This time with a familiar, punchyFoals' new album, "Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Pt. 1" marks the return of the indie rock masters. This time with a familiar, punchy sound that induces a state of nostalgia for older indie listeners. A defiant, successful return for the band. Expand
  7. Mar 22, 2019
    5
    I didn't really care about this record while listening to it, it's bang average at a 5. If you like mostly slower pop-rock music with distantI didn't really care about this record while listening to it, it's bang average at a 5. If you like mostly slower pop-rock music with distant and sometimes hazy vocals this might be for you. Expand

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