• Record Label: Welk
  • Release Date: May 6, 2014
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. May 15, 2014
    80
    [A] gorgeously appointed escape from rock'n'roll's habitual savagery. [Jun 2014, p.89]
  2. May 7, 2014
    80
    All told, with Life Among The Savages Jason Quever’s Papercuts has crafted a near-perfect collection of contemporary baroque pop ruminations on the modern condition, one of isolation, sadness and an affectation that requires us to present an outward façade not generally indicative of the emotional turmoil raging within.
  3. May 7, 2014
    75
    It may be an uneasy listen on first spin, but Life Among the Savages brings about the kind of long-term pleasure its creator could only hope for.
  4. May 20, 2014
    70
    The fortunate result for the listener is an album that gives back what you put in, with the melodies all holding firm and digging in their claws over time.
  5. May 7, 2014
    70
    Life Among the Savages isn't the easiest Papercuts album to love, but over repeated listens the mood the restrained sound creates and the subtle emotion the songs convey are more than enough to win over anyone who decides to stick with it.
  6. May 7, 2014
    67
    The record is an easy, pleasant listen, but it's not particularly compelling as a whole, occasionally falling into a pattern of contented stuffiness.
  7. Jul 8, 2014
    60
    Quever’s songs are meant to provide sweet succor, not catharsis, and in that Life Among the Savages proves to be pretty good company.
  8. 60
    It all sounds immaculate, but lacks the memorable lyrics and direct hooks of Papercuts’ pop forbears.
  9. May 12, 2014
    60
    While Life Among the Savages lacks the absolute highs of Quever’s previous work, it also lacks any lows, except for possibly the abrupt ending which leaves you longing for more.

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