Life Is Yours

Foals - Life Is Yours
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2022 Ratings: #235 / 397
User Score
Based on 263 ratings
2022 Ratings: #298
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit
Foals manage to delight with invigorating innovation while simultaneously keeping their unique identity deeply engrained in a style that is as fresh as it is warm.
90
Gigwise

The album has a real timeless feel to it. It is an absolute joy to hear Foals take the bold step of branching out their sound even further.

90
Clash
When this album was recorded in Foals windowless studio amidst the pandemic, the songs were their windows to a world without restrictions and the bright euphoria of life that was back in full swing.
85
Northern Transmissions
‘Life Is Yours’ is the shot in the arm we all need to awaken us from the turmoil of the past two years.
80
The Skinny

With Life Is Yours, Foals have created a superb antidote to the gloominess of the world we’ve all been facing.

80
DIY

‘Life Is Yours’ is their poppiest album to date, leaning in to their more melodic side in wholesale fashion.

80
Dork
They’ve taken a risk, switched things up and in going back to their roots have captured the zeitgeist and created a rebirth which points the way towards a new era for Foals.
80
NME

The Oxford band, now a trio, let their hair down on this joyous, hedonistic seventh album, a lockdown record that sounds like anything but.

80
The Independent
The rock band seem to have followed James Brown’s famous suggestion that ‘the one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing’.
80
Record Collector

Indie veterans mark their sixth album with their most escapist music yet.

80
Evening Standard
After hitting the peak of their ambition last time round, this album turns up the fun.
80
The Telegraph

Life is Yours may have been written from the depths of a well, but it expresses a sincere longing for what’s outside it.

80
RIOT

Life Is Yours might’ve been conjured up during lockdown but there’s something undeniably euphoric about it. The band are several years into their career and a departure from their usual sound at this stage is risky but, thankfully, the risk more than pays off.

80
AllMusic

Fueled by the long-promised light at the end of the tunnel after the COVID-19 lockdown, it's also the band's most vibrant and accessible outing to date.

60
Mojo

It's a beguiling mix for the most part, even if they have overly sacrificed melody on the altar of rhythm.

60
Uncut

An album of skippy, infectious, electronics-soaked disco rock.

60
musicOMH
Oxford trio’s dance-infused seventh album takes them somewhere they’ve not been before.
60
The Arts Desk

There is a sense that something has been lost by a pivot away from the dramatic scope of their recent albums.

60
The Observer
Bass and keyboards rule on a bold set that rather outstays its welcome.
55
Pitchfork
Foals’ streamlined seventh album does away with their trickier instrumental interplay and subtler emotions, leaving nothing at all open to interpretation.
50
Loud and Quiet

The group’s seventh studio album sees them further their quest towards the nightclub, one Big Weekend groove at a time.

surlace
68

I legitimately listened to this album 4 times in a row to understand how I felt. This is arguably Foals' most fun album, it's dance-y, it's consistent, it's got a lot of solid hooks. After a while, it does start to bleed together, not too unlike past Foals material. This is an interesting direction for the band, but it feels like it is missing the emotional gravity of some of their more memorable songs.

VideoBoy
35

This sounds like when you let AI make a soundtrack for a FIFA game.

lemuriams
78

Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost 1&2 for me were the blandest albums in the whole Foals discography, but now it's back what I liked the most most in this band.

klctht
70

It's the polar opposite of "edgy": Round, soft, freaking sweet. It commits to its mission until the end. No change-up, nothing.

What's funny is that I'm not bored with this at all. I know, it feels like listening to the same song 11 times but I don't mind, it's an easy, fun listen. It reminds me of Invisible Touch, except that it doesn't try to "we still real rockers" the listener. Isn't that awesome?

Favorite tracks: 2am, 2001

trevordavies095
67

Was quite bored with this one :(

Nice summertime background music though!

Fav track: The Sound

mikehermida
70

This is my first time listening to Foals since their debut in 2008. Fourteen years have passed and this is a very very different band apparently. However, like their debut, this is very very samey and somehow quite endearing. They are not pulling up any trees but this is a pleasant summery album that would be nice to listen to at a festival whilst supping on cider.

Essential Track - Under the Radar

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Track List

1Life Is Yours
4:12
73
2Wake Me Up
4:23
74
32am
3:44
77
42001
4:26
72
5(summer sky)
0:36
70
6Flutter
3:35
68
7Looking High
4:21
66
8Under The Radar
2:59
67
9Crest of the Wave
3:46
70
10The Sound
4:25
69
11Wild Green
5:27
76
Total Length: 41 minutes
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Added on: February 10, 2022