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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the post-punk quartet was produced by Johnny Hostile.
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I Need Something New
I need something new in my ears Something you could say perhaps Or the words coming out of your mouth Wouldn't be something I've heard before I need... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Feb 16, 2016
    100
    With Adore Life, Savages have built on the visceral, gut-shock impact of their first album with stronger songs and more varied writing. It’s an impressive step up for an already promising band.
  2. Jan 22, 2016
    90
    It has an astonishing level of clarity about it.
  3. Alternative Press
    Jan 7, 2016
    80
    That this open-ended philosophical query ["Is it human to adore life?"] has no easy answers makes Adore Life that much more intellectually dense and appealing. [Feb 2016, p.100]
  4. Jan 19, 2016
    80
    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.
  5. Feb 5, 2016
    80
    Adore Life is a great set of songs. Savages have created an equal-but-different follow-up to Silence Yourself. While it can’t have the surprise of their debut, Adore Life demonstrates evolution and exploration that Savages will hopefully continue to embrace in the future.
  6. Feb 8, 2016
    70
    Adore Life sacrifices intensity for heart and with some exploration into the use of space and silence, it could be their perfect album. After all, absence makes the heart grow fonder.
  7. Jan 22, 2016
    58
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Feb 4, 2016
    9
    It's good to hear something that is real, with depth, purpose, and not just lyrical static. That's all too common. I love this album. It'sIt's good to hear something that is real, with depth, purpose, and not just lyrical static. That's all too common. I love this album. It's not perfect and it's disjointed in some areas but there is a vibe/flow that works. Ayse is a bad ass bass player. It's also good to note, there is no weak link in this band. All four are exceptional and deliver. TIWYG makes me want to run through a wall. In the best way... Expand
  2. Jan 22, 2016
    9
    Standout tracks - The answer, evil, adore, I need something new, When in Love, T.I.W.Y.G. This is an angry and sexy album that brings me backStandout tracks - The answer, evil, adore, I need something new, When in Love, T.I.W.Y.G. This is an angry and sexy album that brings me back to the good old days of Joy Division, Switchblade Symphony with a little bit of Heart thrown in. Expand
  3. Jan 27, 2016
    8
    Only possible "fault" would be that it could be a bit more diverse (IMO),
    but what a great album.
    At times it reminds me of Patti Smith in
    Only possible "fault" would be that it could be a bit more diverse (IMO),
    but what a great album.
    At times it reminds me of Patti Smith in the best possible way.

    Jehnny/Camille is certainly one of the greatest voices in music at the moment.
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  4. Feb 1, 2016
    7
    While it may not capture the raucous aggression of their debut, Adore Life is a very solid sophomore record. Teeming with energetic post-punkWhile it may not capture the raucous aggression of their debut, Adore Life is a very solid sophomore record. Teeming with energetic post-punk instrumentals, blood-soaked atmosphere, and topped with Jehnny Beth's dramatic and often emotional vocals, this record is a solid addition to the modern post-punk library, taking its place among Ought, Protomartyr, and Viet Cong. I do have some serious issues with the album, however: I feel it is too understated; it isn't brash enough. The instruments, while played well, lack the bite that Silence Yourself had. The production is also too murky for my liking, and the album doesn't rock out enough. Still, a solid return for one of post-punk's most anticipated bands.

    72/100
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  5. Feb 4, 2016
    7
    Angry and raucous, the critical darlings are back, punching their way through themes of love and life. Takes a song or two to hit its stride,Angry and raucous, the critical darlings are back, punching their way through themes of love and life. Takes a song or two to hit its stride, and lyrically there are missteps, but looking back once the album is done, you cant help but feel recharged. Solid effort, there is potential for something explosive here...
    My Top Tracks: Adore, Slowing Down The World, Surrender
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  6. Jan 24, 2016
    6
    + Rock craft
    + "Evil", especially this unusual drum line
    + Really interesting voice - Just another post-punk band with just another
    + Rock craft
    + "Evil", especially this unusual drum line
    + Really interesting voice
    - Just another post-punk band with just another post-punk LP

    Don't quite get this trend.
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  7. Jan 24, 2016
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This second album of Savages is so disappointing. Sure he has some good instrumentals, nice lyrics and vocals. Like the song 'The Answear' and 'Adore'. But I miss the explosive energy thath I felt on the Silence Yourself. The heavy guitar and the nostalgic post-punk drums and bass. Hope on the next LP their learn with this mistake and go back on thath sound. (Sorry for the bad english) Expand

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