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Album Review: Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 2 by Foals



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Foals are an indie rock band from the United Kingdom. Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost is a two-part album and Foals just released part 2. This marks their sixth studio album.

Part 2 opens up with Red Desert which is a minute long orchestral piece. According to the frontman of Foals, he said that this piece would be perfect for a film score. After the orchestral strings cut out, the track takes a different approach, which will open up to their next track.

The second track off the album and my personal favorite is The Runner. The track starts off with heavy riffing guitars with a light, catchy chorus. Part 1 of the album ended with fire and destruction. In part 2, they are trying to survive in the world after all of the destruction has happened. This song basically is telling you to keep going in life, no matter how hard things might be in life. The track ends off with a guitar solo.

Next, we have Wash Off. On the first listen, this is much lighter compared to the previous tracks, but still a fast-paced track. This track has a similar meaning to the last track. The singer is trying to find a reason to keep on going, live for yourself, and just try to enjoy life a little bit. According to the frontman, this track is closely related in meaning to the previous song, The Runner.

After that, we go back to the louder guitars on Black Bull. This album is much heavier and darker than part 1 of Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost. They also have some unique guitar effects going on in the middle of the track. In the chorus, the singer says, "We not playing around, I got a black bull in town." He's basically saying that he's being serious and not trying to joke around with anyone. If people think he's not being serious, then he will definitely show them that he's not playing around.

Like Lightning is giving me Black Keys vibes from the instrumentation and vocals. It has a blues-rock vibe to it with the guitars and reverbed vocals. In the track, this person is telling someone else that they don't need them in their life. He's also saying that he's about to start a new life without that person.

Dreaming Of is the next track off the album. It starts out with light instrumentation and a washed-out/reverbed vocals that make it sound like the singer is in the distance. Eventually, the vocals come in clear and you have more instrumentation coming in. This song gives off more of a pop feeling to it which makes it unique but definitely stands out as an odd one on the album. The layering of vocals on the chorus definitely gives it away as more of a pop-fueled track. The track is about someone always avoiding issues or running away from conflict once something arises.

Ikaria is a short interlude track that is under a minute long. The track opens up with some random piano notes playing, which seems like there isn't any formula for the notes that are being played at the time.

After the short interlude, we have 10,000 Feet. The previous track doesn't seem to lead into this track, but it does have a heavier feeling to it. This track also has some blues-rock inspiration and there are parts that do remind me of the Black Keys. His vocals are very raspy when he's trying to hit those high notes so you can really feel the emotion he's trying to put into this track. On the chorus, he keeps mentioning, "Fall on the fire just to start again." This could be a reference to part 1 where the fire begins.

Into The Surf starts off with what sounds like a weird, distorted, string-like instrument. This is one of the darker tracks on the album since it talks about death. This person went on a journey or trip, however, they never ended up coming back. This song also has a connection with a song on part 1 called Surf, Pt. 1. During the beginning of the outro, there are some nice distorting effects going on that add to the death aspect of the track.

Neptune is the last track of the album and comes in just over ten minutes long. The first minute of the track is very light with just several different instruments, then the vocals eventually come in. Then at the two-minute mark, the heavier guitars come in, with some pop vocals being sprinkled in every now and then. This is a very spaced-out rock tune that any Foals fan will definitely enjoy. There's also a laid-back guitar solo towards the end of the track. The track eventually ends out with some synth arpeggios.

Overall Rating: 8/10
Favorite Tracks: The Runner, Like Lightning, Into The Surf, Neptune

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