Savages – Adore Life

Album Review by Katie Hawthorne | 06 Jan 2016
Album title: Adore Life
Artist: Savages
Label: Matador
Release date: 22 Jan

Few bands can rule that 'love is the answer' without a single wink of irony, and pull it off with magnificent, majestic aplomb. For this reason, amongst many, many more, Adore Life is an utter triumph. Heavy hitting singles The Answer and T.I.W.Y.G set expectation for this record to be every inch as icily furious as Savages’ 2013 debut Silence Yourself, but the sophomore effort from Jehnny Beth and gang brews a different kind of anger.

Instead of frosty post-punk, the four-piece take a trip through the fiery pits of the heart – pitching a truly punk demand for honesty, respect and integrity. It's incredible that positivity should sound so radical. 

Alternating between accusation and empathy in Sad Person and asking, genuinely, 'Is it human to ask for more? Is it human to adore life?' in the title track, the four-piece delve brutally deep into the anxieties which characterise our silly, romantic, philosophical species. 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. [Katie Hawthorne]

Playing Glasgow Art School on 21 Feb and Manchester Albert Hall on 22 Feb and Leeds Irish Centre on 32 Feb