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Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 2

Foals

Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 2

Sixth studio album and the second half of this project from the Oxford-based rock quartet

ADM rating[?]

7.8

Label
Warner
UK Release date
18/10/2019
US Release date
18/10/2019
  1. 10.0 |   NME

    The gamble paid off. Yannis and co. took a risk when they announced that they would release two albums this year, but this follow-up is indisputable proof of their greatness
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  2. 10.0 |   DIY

    It picks up the baton of its predecessor and sends it surging to the finish line
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  3. 10.0 |   The Observer

    Triumph out of a crisis
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  4. 9.0 |   Gigwise

    It is both a continuation, and an improvement upon its predecessor, resuming the world-ending themes of Part 1 and bringing them to their natural conclusions, while also somehow managing to gel together more convincingly and cohesively than its already impressive predecessor
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  5. 9.0 |   Northern Transmission

    In a time where music feels like it’s playing it safe and the world around us is crumbling down, praise those four lads from Oxford for something truly special.
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  6. 9.0 |   Clash

    Best listened to with the context of Part 1, the way Part 2 rounds the 'Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost' era off makes for the argument that this is Foals' most accomplished body of work to date
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  7. 9.0 |   XS Noize

    On “Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Part 2” Foals with the second part of their project have counter-intuitively saved the best for last
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  8. 8.8 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    A towering achievement
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  9. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Where they could have been indulgent, Foals have given every facet of their musical style space to breathe this year. Nothing sounds like it’s here to make up the numbers. This big plan has succeeded
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  10. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Much more consistent than its predecessor
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  11. 8.0 |   Q

    The two parts of Everything Not Saved Will be Lost aren't quite the work of radical genius that Foals probably think they are, but they're bolder and more adventurous than a lot of those million other bands could manage. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Ten-minute sonic odyssey "Neptune" provides a typically overblown finale, but it's INXS-style banger "The Runner" that will further cement their place at indie rock's top table. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The songs are often about relationships, though never straight romantic love
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  14. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Six months on from the first instalment, Oxford's finest hold up a cracked black mirror to Part 1 – and make a stirring argument for the double album in the process
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  15. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    They’ve made a respectable run and jump at becoming an arena-sized band, and not lost that misfit indie edge that first launched them into orbit
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  16. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    At once a satisfying and boundary-pushing listen from a band that sound hungry over a decade into their career
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  17. 7.0 |   Paste Magazine

    Its predecessor is definitely a much better album as a whole, but Part 2 deserves to exist, if not for the sole reason that it’ll provide an added oomph to their eventual headlining festival sets for the foreseeable future
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  18. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    It’s brash, loud, and, ultimately, tiresome
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  19. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Foals sound like they are overreaching themselves a little. Two highly ambitious, thematically-linked albums in six months was always a big ask. Print edition only

  20. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Oddly indebted to 1970s rock
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  21. 6.0 |   The Independent

    This isn’t a political record, as such, but it’s a suitably frantic appendage to the times we’re living in, all chaotic squalling and noisy destruction
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  22. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    What promised to be the state-of-the-nation address to top all other state-of-the-nation addresses turns out to be merely a solid, rifftastic arena rock album
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  23. 5.7 |   Pitchfork

    The English band’s second album this year isn’t a complement to its predecessor so much as just another iteration on a now-standard formula
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