Review: Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Part 1 by Foals

Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Part 1 by FoalsSo, Foals drops the first part of what essentially is a double-record. What is there to say? What is there to prove? How much more sprawling can the British band who went from math-rock specificity to arena-pleasing madness get? Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, from the title alone, suggests a bit more despair for these despairing times, although you wouldn’t know that from how, surprisingly, loose the band gets here. Perhaps it’s the departure of bassist Walter Gervers that compelled the band to try new things. Their precise nature is still there, but everything has a different backdrop this time around, running from modern electronica to perhaps a bit of calypso. Exhilarating, but when put together, it all feels a bit messy, a bit aimless. But then, you remember this is the first half of a record, and perhaps Foals are just warming up for this big resolution later in the year. But then we’re supposed to be left wanting, not left disappointed. [NB]3/5

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