Savages - Adore Life
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Based on 34 reviews
2016 Ratings: #62 / 760
Year End Rank: #29
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Based on 337 ratings
2016 Ratings: #217
January 22, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

With fearless approach and razor sharp delivery, Adore Life is so bruisingly intimate that it feels like a surgical hand taking grasp of your gut. When Savages speak, you listen.

100
The Line of Best Fit
By the end of the record, Savages have left little doubt that love is indeed the answer, and that they are unquestionably the best rock band in the world at the moment.
91
Entertainment Weekly

It’s dark subject matter, sure, but also irrefutably compelling. And Savages rhythm section helps amp up the urgency,

90
musicOMH

Defiant, solid, aggressive and powerful are all words which you could level at Adore Life. It’s also an album of supreme confidence, one which has no issue with simply stating its case, of which it is certain.

83
Consequence of Sound

Adore Life is many things, but the thing it feels most like is a celebration. On one level, it’s a celebration of the fact that guitar-driven rock music is probably here to stay. But it’s also a celebration of life at its strangest, messiest, and most vital.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

On Silence Yourself, they were shouting a rallying cry from the rooftops; on Adore Life, they’re shouting a foot away from your face.

80
The Guardian
What seemed like a bracing one-off explosion now feels like something else: a group in it for the long haul, whose best work might well be ahead of them.
80
Under The Radar
Savages have always been able to lay claim as one of the U.K.'s most exhilarating live acts-now they've become one of its best bands. Creative, complex and wholly captivating, this is the album Savages were born to make.
80
Mojo

Almost inevitably, Adore Life overcompensates, but in a good way. This is Savages’ love album: every song concerns the mental turmoil or the physical push and shove of l’amour fou.

80
Pitchfork

In many ways, Adore Life feels more alive than Silence Yourself—in part because it feels more human, in part because it's telling you to be as loud as possible.

80
Loud and Quiet

By basing any adjustments on empirical evidence, the band have imbued this second album with a sense of vindication that ‘Silence Yourself’ lacked.

80
DIY

At times, the musical chaos they paint teeters on the hair-thin borderline of being impenetrable, but Savages - as always - get away with it.

80
Exclaim!

Adore Life is a definite progression for Savages that manages to maintain the feral bark that made Silence Yourself so special. With this album, they've proven that they're a band with substance, staying power and the ability to question everything — and that's worth a lot.

80
NOW Magazine
Hard-fought optimism fuels the political fury behind Savages’ buzzing aggression (timely given the momentum behind progressive political movements), but now the manifesto is delivered via more familiar, accessible sounds.
80
Drowned in Sound

It takes real bravery to write an album so honest and exposed, and it takes something more than bravery to do so in way that sounds like you’d batter everyone in the room if they took the piss.

80
AllMusic

A striking second album, the different perspectives Adore Life bring to Savages' music make them sound more vital than ever.

80
FasterLouder

There are tiny blips in momentum, but for the most part Adore Life is a pummelling statement.

80
Uncut

It succeeds in shucking off superficial comparison points, reaching for something deeper and more profound.

80
NME
For the most part, this is an album of love songs: not in the trite, wishy-washy sense of the word but as an elemental and all-consuming force.
79
Paste

Adore Life builds on that sound, and frames it in a contemporary context that is less throwback than thrilling.

70
PopMatters

Adore Life is a step up in maturity and songcraft, yet still delivers plenty of jagged ferocity. There aren’t any highs on par with the best moments of Silence Yourself, but it is nonetheless consistently strong, and may be more of a grower.

70
No Ripcord

While Savages have upped their game in terms of song craft in Adore Life, starting with the impeccable instrumentation, it doesn’t always favor the task at hand.

70
Rolling Stone

Their music is driven by emotions that are almost unprecedented in the genre that gave us Joy Division and Public Image Limited.

70
Billboard

Their ­second album sharpens their ­instrumental attack, while singer Jehnny Beth exposes her bloody heart -- nearly every song addresses desire as a force that can destroy a lover's identity.

70
Clash

‘Adore Life’ sacrifices intensity for heart and with some exploration into the use of space and silence, it could be their perfect album.

60
Spin
Too often ... the album sags under its own weight.
58
A.V. Club

With repetition showing up often on Adore Life, sometimes working to its intended end result, but mostly landing as formulaic and uninspired.

EMR
64
The all-lady post-punk quartet Savages return with their anticipated sophomore LP, Adore Life. It is another striking sonic assault from the UK-based group, that once again deliver a ten-track work full of blazing riffs, hammering percussion, and solid performances from the whole collective. Even though some of these tracks are not fully explored in their potential, the quality of Savages' riffs and the energy they bring is undeniable. Adore Life may not be as huge an effort as Silence Yourself ... read more
Gupla
NR
Hay tantas razones pare darle una oportunidad a cualquier cosa que haga Savages, desde su debut Silence Yourself, la banda marcó una nueva etapa a lo que son las “girls bands”, por el hecho de que ellas tenían algo distinto, esa esencia sediciosa pero autentica, que más que nada resaltaba por ese estilo propio de expresar sensaciones (si se puede llamar así) con la música. Este nuevo material es parecido a su antecesor, pero se siente más ... read more
50
Try as I might, this album just didn't do much to hold my attention over the long haul.
WildChameleon
80
Adore Life is a very mature album that I really enjoy. It's less percutant but has more subtility in the sound. I really like the thematic here because it's not just about love but more generally humanity (unfortunaly, it's a bit in surface, I really want more in the next album). The issue that you can have with Adore Life is that there are too much slow burn tracks. A simple example is Adore : it's an excellent single with interesting yet simple lyrics, the sound is so refined. But it takes ... read more
CheapandLethal
95
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Track List

  1. The Answer
  2. Evil
  3. Sad Person
  4. Adore
  5. Slowing Down the World
  6. I Need Something New
  7. When in Love
  8. Surrender
  9. T.I.W.Y.G.
  10. Mechanics
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