Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
Buy On
  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. 100
    The intricacies and experimentalism of those math-rock early days, the spacey ambience of ‘Total Life Forever’, and the bolshy production brilliance of those last two records: it’s all here.
  3. 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!
  4. Mar 25, 2019
    90
    For now, this is an album that establishes Foals as one of the most exciting and driven bands of the generation.
  5. 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.
  6. Mar 12, 2019
    90
    This is Foals at their best, and we're only seeing half of the picture.
  7. Mar 4, 2019
    90
    An album of stunning ambition and outright defiance, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1 rips apart everything you know about Foals, a bold transformative work, as inspiring as it is urgent.
  8. Mar 15, 2019
    80
    What’s heartening about the first part of Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost is that this formula has not become tired. Rather, the band are adding to it incrementally and progressing into ever more interesting territory.
  9. Mar 8, 2019
    80
    It all amounts to Foals’ finest yet, and there’s more (Part 2) to follow later this year.
  10. Mar 5, 2019
    80
    On its own merit, Part 1 is yet another banger-laden album, from an indie-rock machine who are now firmly established as one of the most consistent in their scene.
  11. 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]
  12. 75
    Longtime fans will know what to expect from the indie-rock band that’s been releasing records since the mid-aughts, but predictability isn’t always a fault. The Brit rockers fully understand what they excel at, and they take advantage of the syncopated brashness that they best exemplify.
  13. 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.
  14. 70
    Foals' new direction is as exciting as it is flawed, and although it isn’t executed to perfection there is serious potential here.
  15. 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.
  16. Uncut
    Mar 1, 2019
    70
    Guitars play more of a supporting role, and the tonal shifts suits the band, with Philippakis's voice given much more room to float elegantly through the record, [Apr 2019, p.29]
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 70
  2. Negative: 6 out of 70
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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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  3. 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. Full Review »