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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: 14 out of 18
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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
    This is Foals at their best, and we're only seeing half of the picture.
  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. 70
    Foals' new direction is as exciting as it is flawed, and although it isn’t executed to perfection there is serious potential here.
  6. 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]
  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: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  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 8, 2019
    9
    I love how they are getting more complex with their production. I can't guess how the song is going to end. No predictable twists. This is onI love how they are getting more complex with their production. I can't guess how the song is going to end. No predictable twists. This is on the more experimental side for them but they make it sound natural. Lyrical content is also a standout. I enjoyed it. There are no boring fillers. Can't wait for part 2! 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. Mar 15, 2019
    7
    It's a bold experimentation without throwing away the high tempo vibe that they introduced in What Went Down. Personally, I preferred WhatIt's a bold experimentation without throwing away the high tempo vibe that they introduced in What Went Down. Personally, I preferred What Went Down for its more rocky elements, but Exits and Sunday are excellent stand alone tracks that carry over some of the rocky, more consistent sounding elements over from previous albums. The other tracks have enough variety to appeal to pretty much anyone and I think that is the key to why this album is definitely a success. Perhaps when Part 2 comes out, Part 1 will feel like an even bigger accomplishment, because this certainly feels like half of something much bigger and grander and I am sure they will not disappoint. It is so close to an 8 for me, some of the individual elements in each track are genius, but not quite there overall. As a stand alone album, it is too short and doesn't have enough tracks like Exits and Sunday, but that's just my preference. I am aware they started out with the experimental Math Pop sound that dominates the rest of the album, and I guess this is its evolution. Finally, I will say this album is a good album to be listening to while your working; really focuses the mind. (update; just saw an interview on Youtube with the band and they are saying that Part 2 has more rocky elements and is more like What Went Down, Can't wait!) Expand