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Savages - Adore

By wandering into the unknown, Savages have taken one hell of a step up

Under the surface of Savages’ exact calculations and unrelenting intensity is a heart, and second album ‘Adore Life’ sees this alter-ego unfurling. Debut album ‘Silence Yourself’ was defined by control, avoiding distractions at all costs. Its follow-up wants to live, to experience and explore at every turn. It’s a perspective that’s summed up best in ‘Adore’, which finds the key to Savages’ heart and unlocks what’s inside. “Is it human to ask for more? Is it human to adore life?” Jehnny Beth asks, in a series of questions, tangled up in a search for truth. It begins ponderous, but ‘Adore’ soon breaks out into a graceful, cymbal-crashing triumph. Gemma Thompson’s concrete-encrusted guitars find a new space to inhabit, while Beth discovers new confidence with every stride. Frankly, midway through the song, Savages have already struck gold with their finest moment. But brilliance is never enough for this four-piece. ‘Adore’’s closing two minutes are as life-affirming as they’ll ever sound, galloping ahead with a swarming refrain: “I adore life. Do you adore life?” Somehow encompassing fear, brutal paranoia and life-saving optimism, by wandering into the unknown, Savages have taken one hell of a step up.

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