The Fashionably Late Top 125 of 2019: Foals

Another rough year corresponded to another bumper crop of excellent music. Once again, my list is huge, because I fell in love with each of these 125 records and found it impossible to not include all of them in my fashionably late list.

I'm choosing to post my favorites in alpha order from A-Z again this year. You'll probably find some records that everyone and their fifth cousin raved about, but I hope you'll also find a few records that might be new to you, and that you'll fall in love with them as much as I have.

My thanks, as always, to the artists who created these records.


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Who: Foals

What: Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Pts I & II)

When: March/October 2019

Where: Warner

Why: What do you do if you've got more material than can possibly fit on just one record? If you're Foals, you deal with this dilemma by releasing not one but two records. Problem solved. Oxford's brooding, emotive sons stay very much on-brand with this dynamic duo of LPs, their weighty, cinematic rock wrapped up in miles of pensive contemplation (and a constant propensity to be catchy as all get out). As always, the band commands attention - these are forceful, intense compositions, even when the gents dial it back a few notches to a more smoldering, less raucous level. Unsurprisingly, the sheer scale of ENSWBL is impressive, and one of these records on its own would be more than monumental enough (and it's worth noting that there's no filler on either). But Foals went big. And when in doubt, go big.   

[posted 3.20.20]


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