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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  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. May 31, 2020
    10
    An absolutely incredible album. Has overtaken total life forever as my all time favourite record.
  3. Jun 24, 2022
    10
    Oh man i love this album... ENSWBL as a whole is my favourite music art piece ever, and especially the first part. The themes and lyrics areOh man i love this album... ENSWBL as a whole is my favourite music art piece ever, and especially the first part. The themes and lyrics are hitting me right in that hole in my heart that go as deep as i never thought it was possible... And the sound of this album leave me shivering on my couch. Yeah... Foals are great... Expand
  4. 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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  5. Jul 26, 2019
    8
    Opener "Moonlight" is essentially an intro and gives the listener an early idea of how this album is going to go. The sound of Foals last fewOpener "Moonlight" is essentially an intro and gives the listener an early idea of how this album is going to go. The sound of Foals last few records is here but with many extra layers. These layers mainly come in the form of synths. Its' two and a half minutes build quickly into first single "Exits", a song that didn't grab me initially but one that I love now. Foals have their collective fingers on the pulse it seems, providing us with a contempory sound with serious umphh. "White Onions" is more classic Foals, musically frantic with Phillipakis' vocals a la "ANTIDOTES". "In Degrees" is from the Foals school of dance and is a banger."Syrups" is a bit of a moody groover, lots going on here and I would guess this would be a great live track. "On the Luna" is an uptempo synth rocker while "Cafe d'Athens" is pretty experimental stuff. The album winds down as it closes out with the excellent "Sunday" and "I'm Done With the World". Foals have been brave here. First, for a band of their stature to release a two part album (this is the closest thing to the concept ofthe double album your going to get these days ) but more than that, "Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1" is creatively bold. The band have a broad enough sound anyway but they really throw everything bar the kitchen sink into this record and manage to produce a really good piece of work from it. This is one to sink your teeth into and really enjoy. This is a strong album in its own right but seems to have slipped relatively under the radar by Foals' standards. It might be a lack of radio friendly singles but I wonder did the whole two parter thing put people off. As I write this I'm looking forward to the as yet unreleased Part 2. Expand
  6. May 20, 2019
    8
    It took me a few listens to love this, but I do. It's a great album - and maybe not as good as previous ones, but up there.
  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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