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  • Summary: The seventh full-length studio release for British indie rock band Foals features production from Dan Carey, John Hill, Miles James, and A. K. Paul.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. The Line of Best Fit
    Jun 13, 2022
    90
    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.
  2. Clash Music
    Jun 15, 2022
    90
    With both these lyrical and sonic accomplishments, Foals have created a fine record with a very solidified sound that will be the soundtrack for the summer.
  3. The Skinny
    Jun 13, 2022
    80
    Nile Rodgers-esque guitars are a key feature throughout Life Is Yours. Aside from the more laid-back Flutter, the album’s danceable tempo shows no respite across its 40-minute duration. Its production is also extremely cohesive.
  4. AllMusic
    Jun 24, 2022
    80
    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.
  5. Glide Magazine
    Jun 14, 2022
    70
    The biggest weakness of Life Is Yours is its lack of variety. Foals have always had a vast sonic palette, but on this album, the Oxford band limits itself to only a small portion. But what that album does, it does well. Each song is kinetic and has great grooves to get people moving.
  6. The Observer (UK)
    Jun 20, 2022
    60
    Certainly, there’s an appealing directness to the maximalist likes of Wake Me Up, with its bellowed chorus seemingly precision-tooled for festival crowds. ... Unfortunately, the quality flags as the album goes on, and the undistinguished likes of Crest of the Wave only succeed in coming across like an ersatz Everything Everything.
  7. Pitchfork
    Jun 23, 2022
    55
    If it doesn’t achieve the long-promised outcome of “filler-free” Foals, Life Is Yours unexpectedly thrives when it reintegrates the studio trickery that used to weigh down previous side Bs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jun 22, 2022
    10
    This is easily Foals's best and most consistent album since Spanish Sahara . It's a perfect summer album, a breath of fresh air for the band.This is easily Foals's best and most consistent album since Spanish Sahara . It's a perfect summer album, a breath of fresh air for the band. 2am, 2001, The sound , Wild green are some of the best tracks the band has ever made. People are saying the second half is lack cluster but I think it's even better than the first half. I understand some fans are not happy with the new direction but change is necessary and the band has to evolve. Expand
  2. Jun 24, 2022
    8
    My rating is 7.8 so i rounded it up and hope it will raise a bit oberall user score.
    The album is... Fine... Obviously not the best foals
    My rating is 7.8 so i rounded it up and hope it will raise a bit oberall user score.
    The album is... Fine... Obviously not the best foals album, but definitely significant for their developement as a band and it's not bad at all. The most important thing is it's relevant and topical. The perfect album for this period of time. But there is also an issue... I don't think it's gonna age as well as their previous albums.
    Anyway, gongrats, Foals, love you.
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  3. Jun 17, 2022
    7
    Compared to previous albums. Foals is no longer in conditions to take new sound paths. With 2 members gone, the flexibility to explore newCompared to previous albums. Foals is no longer in conditions to take new sound paths. With 2 members gone, the flexibility to explore new genres is over. That doesn't make this a bad album, just not ambitious like their previous work. Expand
  4. Jun 18, 2022
    7
    Credit to them for trying a different sound. I just don't think this glossy, dance vibe really suits them. There are still great tracks likeCredit to them for trying a different sound. I just don't think this glossy, dance vibe really suits them. There are still great tracks like 2am, 2001 and Crest of the Wave, but the others feel like they're missing the usual Foals edge. I also missed a quieter track or two, that Foals usually excel at, it just kind of stays at the same tempo throughout. Expand
  5. Jun 20, 2022
    6
    I have to say I agree with the other user reviews so far. The album is well produced, uplifting, with some catchy tunes, but it's not theI have to say I agree with the other user reviews so far. The album is well produced, uplifting, with some catchy tunes, but it's not the Foals we used to know. Where are the heavy guitars from What Went Down? Where are the haunting melodies from Total Life Forever? It's frustrating because I know they have the potential to be the best band in the world, but they have, like so many other promising bands in the past, either run out of inspiration or decided to go down a more 'disco', 'commercial' route. I think I unfortunately just have to accept that they reached their peak between 2010 and 2015 and that it's going to be downhill from now on... I really hope I'm wrong and this was just a one-off though. Expand
  6. Jun 21, 2022
    6
    They already released all their best stuff as singles. Everything else on this album feels like repetitive filler. About 4 tracks in, I foundThey already released all their best stuff as singles. Everything else on this album feels like repetitive filler. About 4 tracks in, I found myself longing for the depth and layers they executed so effortlessly with past hits like Spanish Sahara or Mountain at my Gates or the bombast and edginess of Albatross or Snake Oil or Inhaler. Sadly, you will find none of that on here. This album was marketed as a relaxing album for the summer. Can't deny it is relaxing, but perhaps so relaxing it will send you to sleep in your hammock. You can't fault them for not just playing it safe and trying something new, sure, but they have sacrificed too much of what made their previous albums great in the process. I hope this is simply just a temporary lapse of judgement by a band that rarely puts a foot wrong and they will bounce back with their signature sound. But that's just my opinion. Some people may really enjoy this. Perhaps if they had been able to weave in a few heavier tracks, this might have worked. I would absolutely love them to weave some of the hooks in this album into future albums. Best tracks for me are Wake Me Up, 2am, 2001. Crest of the Wave and Summer Sky are okay but never really deliver on their promise. This is probably the first album that ends on a low with the very poor and forgettable Wild Green. Even when the Foals mess up they don't really mess up which is testament to their quality. But make no mistake, for me, this is a huge fail. I doubt I will give this many repeat listens. I already found myself returning to previous albums. Expand
  7. Jun 17, 2022
    5
    Very lackluster album from Foals. There are a couple of catchy songs, but everything sounds the same. This is the worst album of their careerVery lackluster album from Foals. There are a couple of catchy songs, but everything sounds the same. This is the worst album of their career in my opinion. Expand

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