Adore Life

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Adore Life
Savages-Adore Life album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released22 January 2016 (2016-01-22)
RecordedApril 2015 at RAK Studios in London, United Kingdom
GenrePost-punk, noise rock
Length39:25
LabelMatador
ProducerJohnny Hostile
Savages chronology
Silence Yourself
(2013)
Adore Life
(2016)

Adore Life is the second studio album by the English post-punk band Savages, released on 22 January 2016. The album was also nominated for the 2016 Mercury Prize, Savages' second consecutive nomination after Silence Yourself was nominated for the prize in 2013.

Music and style[edit]

Adore Life drew comparison to once again Siouxsie Sioux.[1][2] Financial Times wrote: "Beth sings with imposing control: even the words she utters with a wild yelp, à la Siouxsie Sioux, seem purposely unleashed".[2] Critic Ludovic Hunter-Tilney described the music as, "Distorted guitars set up flayed layers of sound, backed by sinewy drums and bass".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.8/10[3]
Metacritic82/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
The A.V. ClubC+[6]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[7]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[8]
The Guardian4/5 stars[9]
Mojo4/5 stars[10]
NME4/5[11]
Pitchfork8.0/10[12]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[1]
Spin6/10[13]

Adore Life received widespread critical acclaim upon its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 82, based on 33 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[4] In a favourable review, Paste said that Adore Life was still inspired by Savages' first influences while adding, it "builds on that sound, and frames it in a contemporary context that is less throwback than thrilling".[14] In a 3.5 out of 5 review, Rolling Stone wrote that "their music is driven by emotions that are almost unprecedented in the [post-punk] genre".[1]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
American Songwriter Top 50 Albums of 2016 2016
34
Consequence of Sound Top 50 Albums of 2016 2016
39
NME NME's Albums of the Year 2016 2016
46
Pitchfork The 20 Best Rock Albums of 2016 2016 N/A
Rough Trade Albums of the Year 2016
38
The Skinny Top 50 Albums of 2016 2016
24

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Savages.

No.TitleLength
1."The Answer"3:30
2."Evil"3:36
3."Sad Person"3:48
4."Adore"5:03
5."Slowing Down the World"4:01
6."I Need Something New"4:39
7."When In Love"3:11
8."Surrender"3:24
9."T.I.W.Y.G."3:09
10."Mechanics"5:09
Total length:39:25

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[21] 63
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[22] 34
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[23] 51
French Albums (SNEP)[24] 57
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[25] 53
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[26] 39
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[27] 40
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[28] 17
UK Albums Chart[29] 26
US Billboard 200[30] 99
US Alternative Albums (Billboard)[31] 5
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[32] 3
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[33] 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dolan, Jon (26 January 2016). "Adore Life". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Hunter-Tilney, Ludovic (15 February 2016). "Adore Life- review". Financial Times. Archived from the original on 18 January 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Adore Life by Savages reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Adore Life by Savages". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  5. ^ Phares, Heather. "Adore Life – Savages". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  6. ^ Cosores, Philip (22 January 2016). "With Adore Life, Savages seek success in repetition". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  7. ^ Kot, Greg (15 January 2016). "Savages drop the fists just for a minute on 'Adore Life'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  8. ^ Vain, Madison (22 January 2016). "EW Review: Savages' 'Adore Life'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  9. ^ Petridis, Alexis (14 January 2016). "Savages: Adore Life review – the looser, lighter sound of a band moving forward". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  10. ^ Cameron, Keith (14 January 2016). "Savages – Adore Life". Mojo. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  11. ^ Nicolson, Barry (22 January 2016). "Savages – 'Adore Life' Review". NME. Archived from the original on 23 January 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  12. ^ Stousuy, Brandon (18 January 2016). "Savages: Adore Life". Pitchfork. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  13. ^ Brown, Harley (22 January 2016). "Review: Savages Weren't the First to Make Love a Battlefield on 'Adore Life'". Spin. Spin Media. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  14. ^ R. Danton, Eric (22 January 2013). "Savages, 'Silence Yourself'". Paste. Archived from the original on 18 January 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  15. ^ "American Songwriter's Top 50 Albums of 2016". American Songwriter. December 1, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  16. ^ "Top 50 Albums of 2016". Consequence of Sound. November 28, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  17. ^ "NME's Albums of the Year 2016". NME. November 24, 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  18. ^ "The 20 Best Rock Albums of 2016". Pitchfork. December 7, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  19. ^ "Albums of the Year". Rough Trade. 14 November 2016. Archived from the original on 16 November 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  20. ^ "Top 50 Albums of 2016". The Skinny. December 1, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
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  22. ^ "Ultratop.be – Savages – Adore Life" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  23. ^ "Ultratop.be – Savages – Adore Life" (in French). Hung Medien.
  24. ^ "Lescharts.com – Savages – Adore Life". Hung Medien.
  25. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  26. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Savages – Adore Life" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  27. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Savages – Adore Life". Hung Medien.
  28. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Savages – Adore Life". Hung Medien.
  29. ^ "Adore Life Full Official Chart History". Official Chart Company.
  30. ^ "Savages – Chart history: Billboard 200". billboard.com.
  31. ^ "Savages – Chart history: Alternative Albums". billboard.com.
  32. ^ "Savages – Chart history: Independent Albums". billboard.com.
  33. ^ "Savages – Chart history: Top Rock Albums". billboard.com.