AOTY 2018

All That Must Be

George FitzGerald - All That Must Be
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #519 / 704
User Score
Based on 38 ratings
2018 Ratings: #435
March 9, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
Deep House / Genres
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All That Must Be is that rare electronic album that matches musical accomplishment with an emotional pull. There are real depth and soul to the record with the head and heart working in perfect harmony.


Ultimately, All That Must Be is a glowing album that plots the psychological journey of its creator through the often un-navigable waters of change.

Under The Radar
A truly wonderful album, created by an artist firmly in the ascendency.

While the downtrodden Fading Love was a noteworthy debut full-length from an artist who had built up a solid discography of club singles, FitzGerald seems re-energized this time around, and the excellent All That Must Be is a clear improvement over his previous release.

The Line of Best Fit

All That Must Be continues where its predecessor left off, but with FitzGerald taking a more organic approach to his song writing – focusing on the piano and blending live sounds with the synthetic beats of his debut.

A.V. Club
It’s agreeably pleasant stuff, yet ultimately as modest and forgettable as the name might suggest.
Spectrum Culture

FitzGerald’s latest effort already sounds removed from his club origins, more so than Fading Love. The more he turns inward with his songs, the more the record can feel distant instead of drawing in the listener.

Resident Advisor

All That Must Be is a smooth journey from start to finish, but it too often feels familiar. In spite of a new cast of collaborators, little about the LP improves on its predecessor. What sounded unique from FitzGerald three years ago isn't quite as satisfying this time around.


The UK producer’s second album sounds more ready for the club but features the same neon, wistful, song-centric style as his debut.

The Skinny

Ultimately, All That Must Be’s best moments are also its least contrived.

Loud and Quiet
In an album of two halves, FitzGerald has merged some of his best with some of his most adamantly forgettable. Pretend this is a four-track EP and you’re looking at one of the year’s best releases.
For his second album and first release on Domino Records, George Fitzgerald has decided to cut back on vocal guests and place his production talents firmly in the spotlight. The problem is that his instrumentals aren’t particularly interesting.
I get super productive at work while listening to music like this. My boss should pay this guy part of my salary.
Two Moons Under 95
Frieda 93
Burns 97
Roll Back 97
Siren Calls 98
Nobody But You 96
Outgrown 97
Half-Light [Night Version] 94
The Echo Forgets 98
Passing Trains 95

Top 5:

5. Burns
4. Outgrown
3. Roll Back
2. Siren Calls
1. The Echo Forgets
Comparing with his debut album, All That Must Be has a more matured construction with its spiritually lush ambiance and subtle electronic arrangement. Like the opening track "Two Moons Under", the chilling loops and elegant sampling turns the album into a smooth journey. "Burns" sets up a crescendo with its orderly fluctuating vocal and gradually enriched bouncing beats. The collaboration with Bonobo in "Outgrown" shows its freshness with the ... read more
Fading Love is still on rotation frequently for me; and, upon first listen, while this isn't a huge departure, he's definitely cultivated enough of a different sound. Like his early EP's its less reliant on his own vocals.
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/Esquire (UK)

Track List

  1. Two Moons Under
  2. Frieda
  3. Burns
  4. Roll Back
  5. Siren Calls
  6. Nobody But You
  7. Outgrown
  8. Half-Light
  9. The Echo Forgets
  10. Passing Trains
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Added on: January 25, 2018