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Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1)

Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1)
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Based on 29 reviews
2019 Ratings: #174 / 770
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Based on 848 ratings
2019 Ratings: #279
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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!
Northern Transmissions

Their fifth LP ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1’ is their career best to date; which is a mean feat given the math-rock collective haven’t released a bad album yet, not even a mediocre album either.

If this is just the first act of ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’, then this era may just prove to be Foals’ making.
The Independent

Merging their asymmetrical early math pop with the deep space atmospherics of Total Life Forever and Holy Fire, plus added innovations ... 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.

The first part of the Oxfordian now-four-piece’s ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’ double-parter is positively huge in every dimension. Ice cold in focus, positively incendiary in raw heat, it’s quite possibly the most concentrated shot of liquid Foals to date.
They may be a man down, but Foals have recalibrated and returned with a newfound creative synergy, culminating in something phenomenal and compelling, transcending us all.
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.
No Ripcord

After an almost five-year break, how does a band respond when their peers have disappeared and younger bands are creeping up on your patch? As it turns out, by producing their best album yet.

Drowned in Sound

This is Foals at their best, and we're only seeing half of the picture.


This is an album that establishes Foals as one of the most exciting and driven bands of the generation.

The Skinny

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.

The Guardian

Foals have found a new zip to their grooves: this is a fitting soundtrack for a world mired in uncertainty.

Spill Magazine

Ferocious, fearless, and embracing of all of the world’s flaws, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Part 1 is a phenomenal album that exists impressively on its own.

Consequence of Sound

For the most part, Foals stick to what they know ... The Brit rockers fully understand what they excel at, and they take advantage of the syncopated brashness that they best exemplify.

Loud and Quiet

Without the need to shoehorn every single idea onto on LP, we get a taut Foals record that runs less than forty minutes and that has one, consistently identifiable strand of sonic DNA running through it.


It is difficult to view Part 1 outside of its full context, yet listeners can hear both ambition and a refusal to stagnate on these songs.

The Line of Best Fit
Foals' new direction is as exciting as it is flawed, and although it isn’t executed to perfection there is serious potential here.

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.


‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1’ is not as immediate as previous releases, nor is it as infectious. It meanders more than it should and its structure isn’t as pronounced as on, say, ‘Holy Fire’.


The “Part 1” appellation to Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost is deflating as it is foretelling—Foals are half-stepping all over this thing.

The Needle Drop

While more worthwhile than Foals' last few albums, this first half of Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost doesn't arouse too much excitement for Part 2.

Under The Radar

Foals are not yet a bad band, they are still too competent for that, but this record's promise is blunted by its workmanlike enthusiasm.

Spectrum Culture

Everything Not Saved is a fun record, but it’s hard to say if it will leave the mark that their ambitions lead us to believe they want it to.

Rolling Stone

UK rockers aim high on prog-pop concept set, with muddled, mostly generic results.

“Exits" is intricate, fun, and insane. Foals, again, with the innovative sounds! They are as consistently astonishing (whether they’re featured on indie video games, or creating breathtaking music videos) as they are pragmatic.
This new Foals LP didn't sound good at first but now it's one of my favourites of this year! Well done! I'm happy with this sound they achieved.
finally, time to review the new Foals album everyone's been talking about!... w-wait what? they've already come out with another one? well... fuck. looks like this review will be the one speck of red in a sea of brown.

this album surprised me, not gonna lie. i knew the critics loved it, and i knew the AOTY community enjoyed it less. kindof a generic indie-rock album, pretty mid, uninteresting i heard. so going in, i didnt know what to expect, would this be good, great, or boring! thankfully ... read more
A simple but very fun listen.

Also maybe I'm insane but the switch up in Sunday really reminded me of the song at the end of Trainspotting. That's far from a complaint lol I love being reminded of my favorite movie.
Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1) is a simple but really fun indie rock album that succeeds in being catchy front to back, as well as housing some incredible tracks like Exits and White Onions. It does falter a bit at points but it's definitely a highlight for this year, and hopefully the second part will be just as good, or maybe even better.

favourite tracks: Exits, White Onions, In Degrees, On The Luna, Sunday
least favourite: Cafe D'Athens

Summary: Great
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Added on: January 10, 2019