The Savages bring back post punk rock with the 2016 album, “Adore Life”

Review by Samantha Lopez Arts & Entertainment Contributor

When London based band, Savages released their debut album “Silence Yourself” in 2011, music lovers and critics called it rock music’s “most commanding” and “mercilessly crafted” albums of the last few years.

The release of their second album, “Adore Life” is a compilation of tracks that has sparked similar praises.

Savages combines a clear vision for their signature style through their stripped down, back-to-basics version of guitar rock.

Like it’s predecessor, the tracks on “Adore Life” are filled with heavy percussion and the same summoning battle cries of Jehnny Beth’s vocals — such vocals that would make Siouxsie Sioux proud.

This sophomore album is more about the human spirit and its capabilities,  according to the band.

“It’s about claiming your right to think unacceptable thoughts . . . It’s about knowing what it means to be human and what it might mean one day.”

“Adore Life” delves into the power of change, the power of alteration and the evolution of the human condition.

This introspection could be most exemplified in the fourth track, “Adore.”

This song is a heart-wrenching desperate plea that asks:

“Is it human to ask for more/ is it human to adore life?”

It calls upon the ground-shaking spirit that is the Savages’ music style.

 “Adore” combines Beth’s manic vocals and layers them perfectly with Ayse Hassan’s paranoia-inducing bass

Although this song may be considered the strongest on the album, my personal favorite is the album’s third track, “Sad Person.”

This song utilizes the very true to Savages way of repetition to get a point across

Beth repeats in the track “The more you have, the more you crave/ I’ve always been a sad, sad, person” over and over again, which creates a haunting effect.

It’s not a desperate plea to be heard, which we learn as the track continues, but an acknowledgment that showing weakness can actually be a sign of strength in character.

“Sad Person” reminds us not to let self-doubt and the wrong that everyone has done to you dictate your life and happiness.

This thesis can be equated to the entire album itself. “Adore Life” teaches us that life is a collection of moments, all woven together to create a story — and however the outcome, it’s something to adore.

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