Savages – Adore Life (Matador, 2016)
Adore Life isn’t an ode to love tropes; it’s a vindictive onslaught of anti-love anthems—“If you don’t love me, don’t love anybody,” declares Jenny Beth. Less cavernous than their previous outing, Savages have beefed-up their chicken-wire guitars into a sound that’s distinctly crunchy. This artistic alteration isn’t presented in black and white; it reverberates across, careening back into Beth’s infectious choruses and concludes with the force of a sledgehammer. While the record runs into dull moments, Adore Life doesn’t dilute Savages’ artistic transformation. They’ve turned their frenetic, noise imbued despondency into confidence—a chaotic gradation of firmly held conviction that’s strangely inviting.
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