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Adore Life

Savages

Adore Life

Second album from the London-based post-punk quartet

ADM rating[?]

7.8

Label
Matador
UK Release date
22/01/2016
US Release date
22/01/2016
  1. 10.0 |   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
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  2. 10.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Adore Life is a defiant, audacious statement
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  3. 9.0 |   music OMH

    A magnificent record
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  4. 9.0 |   Gig Soup

    Confident evolution from 2013’s ‘Silence Yourself’
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  5. 9.0 |   The Music

    For anyone even vaguely interested in angry music, the 2016 benchmark has been set
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  6. 8.4 |   AU Review

    Patient listeners will be rewarded in spades with an excellent album that takes a perspective on love that is rarely heard
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  7. 8.3 |   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
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  8. 8.3 |   Earbuddy

    While their debut was a dark and icy affair, Adore Life, like the title suggests, is triumphant in every sense of the word
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  9. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Adore Life is many things, but the thing it feels most like is a celebration
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  10. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It’s difficult to think of a band more in control of their collective identity than Savages
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  11. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Adore Life is a dramatic record, just like the clenched fist on the artwork: arresting, interesting, and immediate
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  12. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Brave, bloody, and beautiful
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  13. 8.0 |   All Music

    A striking second album, the different perspectives Adore Life bring to Savages' music make them sound more vital than ever
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  14. 8.0 |   Crack

    Adore Life represents a more considered, nuanced Savages
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  15. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    But what you get from most of Adore Life is the sense of restlessness, a band in forward motion, clearly not content to just rehash a formula
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  16. 8.0 |   DIY

    Placing love on the surgeon’s table, and dissecting it, they’re every bit as mindbogglingly ambitious
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  17. 8.0 |   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
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  18. 8.0 |   State

    It could very well end up being the record that defines them
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  19. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The theme is love as pain, love as a wounding uncontrollable force, love as brutal catharsis
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  20. 8.0 |   NOW

    The manifesto is delivered via more familiar, accessible sounds
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  21. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Confrontational explorations of fear, love and coitus
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  22. 8.0 |   Q

    A compulsive and substantial thrill. Print edition only

  23. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Savages’ passion now feels contagious, a useful quality for bolstering their cult appeal
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  24. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Creative, complex and wholly captivating, this is the album Savages were born to make
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  25. 8.0 |   The FT

    Distorted guitars set up flayed layers of sound, backed by sinewy drums and bass. Lyrics explore an intense affair, an entanglement of erotic and emotional sensations
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  26. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    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
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  27. 8.0 |   FasterLouder

    On their debut, 2013’s Silence Yourself, Savages demanded attention. On Adore Life, they convince you of their importance
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  28. 7.9 |   Paste Magazine

    Something resembling love—along with a few more recriminations, for good measure
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  29. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    Isn’t so much a maturation but a continuation for Savages
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  30. 7.0 |   Clash

    ‘Adore Life’ sacrifices intensity for heart and with some exploration into the use of space and silence, it could be their perfect album
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  31. 7.0 |   Beardfood

    They have trouble to deliver a full album, despite the variety
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  32. 7.0 |   Art Rocker

    Overall, an impressive and enjoyable album
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  33. 7.0 |   NME

    Savages remain as uncompromising as they ever were, but 'Adore Life' adds an unexpected string to their bow: soulfulness
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  34. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Vocalist Jehnny Beth's affirming lyrics and torrid, imperious Siouxsie Sioux-style vocals elevate guitar atmospherics and angularly forceful rhythms
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  35. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Adore Life is a step up in maturity and songcraft, yet still delivers plenty of jagged ferocity
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  36. 6.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Savages may have a new manifesto but from the evidence of the clenched fist image on their album sleeve they will now let actions do the talking in their pursuit of a revolution
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  37. 6.0 |   Spin

    Too often on tape the album sags under its own weight
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  38. 5.8 |   A.V. Club

    It’s a shame that so much of the Savages album feels like a songwriting rut, because the record’s lone moment of transcendence, “Adore,” also stamps out a repeating coda at its end
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  39. 5.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Savages have some distance to travel before they can rightfully claim to be the earth-shaking group that so many were promised just three years ago
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