Silence Yourself
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Silence Yourself

May 7, 2013

Song Title
Shut Up
I Am Here
City's Full
Waiting For A Sign
Dead Nature
She Will
No Face
Hit Me
Marshal Dear

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 6, 2013
  • Label: Matador
  • Copyright: 2013 Matador Records Limited
  • Total Length: 38:38
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,741 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Muscular, Stripped Down Post-Punk Revival May 7, 2013
Format:MP3 Music
If you've kept your ear to the indie-rock ground lately, you may have heard the rumblings. Savages are coming. NPR and Pitchfork have promoted this band as the next big thing, and for good reason: last year's single "Husbands" has a powerhouse of a chorus and the band has been completely killing audiences at music festivals. The band uses some of the most intense moments that punk can offer along with some of the dreamiest moments that shoegaze can create. Unfortunately, the problem with some of rock-n-roll's best live bands is also present here: the music's transition from live stage to studio record leaves something lost in the translation. Savages have made a point to let the public know their intent: they want to make music that is "straight to the point, efficient, and exciting." The band's debut, SILENCE YOURSELF, is straight to the point and efficient, but it's not particularly exciting.

Jehnny Beth and company have bowled over audiences with their raw energy on stage, but some of this energy feels missing in the studio. Blame it on the production, the engineers, the hype, the band, etc -- but SILENCE YOURSELF is moderately energetic, but it never comes close to the same off-the-rails/out-of-control energy that the band give out in generous doses live. "Husbands" probably comes the closest to recreating the intensity of the band's shows, and it stands as one of the album's best tracks.

SILENCE YOURSELF starts with a conversation between two women, lasting for approximately 45-seconds, but the song "Shut Up" launches with a wonderfully crunchy bass riff. This bass, the choppy guitar work, and Beth's vocals hint that the song is about to explode. Unfortunately, this explosion never really comes, and the chorus isn't quite catchy enough to be memorable.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Debut album from London female foursome--dark, driving, vibrantly haunted, edge-of-your-seat
post-punk melodies for the modern age. They make you wanna jump & yell & dance & look over
your shoulder. The songs have an irresistible energy and force, pushed by a relentlessly sharp,
propulsive tension. They literally explode with the brazen potentiality of youthful confidence.
This is sharp, clear, pointedly vicious music with a wide-eyed, energetic sense of impending
disaster. The guitars, bass, & drums are all clean, up-front, heavy, rhythmic, pulsing machines of
focused fury that are amped & emphasized, both by the band's intensity and the excellent
production. Jehnny Beth's voice compliments the instruments perfectly; it's riveting, potently
distinct and deadly. Recalls bands like Siouxsie and the Banshees, X-Ray Spex, 999, P.J.
Harvey, Jezebels, the Pretenders, U.K. Subs, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Au Pairs, Delta 5. "Silence
Yourself" is an amazingly powerful debut; it's heavy, focused, surprisingly accessible and an
absolute monster. One of this year's very best!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At last. June 17, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Yes they are influenced by Joy Division, Siouxie and the Banshees, Gang of Four and others from that great era, but they play with such commitment and intensity that it sounds reborn. No looking back with affectionate irony here. They want to shake us up.
I saw them live on tv and loved that there was no choreography, no nursery rhyme jingle melodies---just good musicians playing really hard.
The album doesn't quite capture their live power, but it's really good. First new band that has excited me in a long time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshinging great! June 13, 2013
In today's music, it's hard to find an original and authentic band. With so much conformity in music, it's refreshing to hear bands like Savages. They are anti-pop and anthem free. A sharp contrast from even some of the hardest rock bands today. Sure, they are drenched in the post punk sound with dark undertones of Joy Division, but they manage to create their own sound with a frantic energy and punk angst. A must have for real music lovers. Even the artwork fits their sound, no frills. Just simple and in your face.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flea and Les, there's a new kid in town October 3, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Just got back from seeing the Savages play San Francisco where they turned in a live performance befitting their reputation. Labels such as "shoegaze" and "post punk revival" are really meaningless when it comes to attempting to describe why the band you just heard was really great. Greatness really takes one album to define itself, Nirvana's Nevermind, Arctic Monkeys' Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, and Amy Winehouse's Back to Black (to cross genres for a moment) immediately spring to mind. Maintaining that greatness is another matter as two of the aforementioned artists are deceased and after two albums of greatness, the Arctic Monkeys morphed into self-indulgent LA rockers leaving a trail of bad drugs, underimpressed groupies and middling records in the dressing room lobby.

While this Savages record on first listen indeed brings vocal qualities you heard from Siouxsie Sioux and a very definitive Joy Division bassline in one moment, this doesn't really describe the record and the band exactly. The first grouping of tracks, I am Here, Strife, Waiting for a Sign, Dead Nature, No Face and Hit Me display their songwriting ability in a developing phase. The songs are all different but the tracks are mixed with echoey hyperfeedbacking guitar of varying densities slathered around liberally. Vocals and drums punch out through these tracks. The second group of tracks showcase top notch songwriting between Shut Up, City's Full, She Will and Husbands. So essentially that is what the recording gives you, the four "good" songs that all the reviewers like and a bunch of other stuff that's pretty good but not earth-shattering.

So off we go to the show, expecting to see a good live performance, hear the four good songs and come home mildly impressed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Currently Unique
, ... but not without antecedents: there's lots of Joy Division and Gang of Four and Siouxsie and other 80's goth/wave stuff here. Read more
Published 5 days ago by vvv
I found out about this band from Spin Magazine's best albums of 2013. To get a good sense of the band, watch the You Tube video of them playing 'Shut up' live--after watching this... Read more
Published 6 days ago by B
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY
Comes with a mp3 download as well. A distinct sound that breaks the current electronic scene. Heavy on the bass, the album has a consistent timbre that will appeal to both new... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Izaac Costiniano
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best new bands around.
I really love the energy and the power behind this music. It feels real, and I appreciate that in a band. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joseph Annaruma
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great
The band has great energy but the songwriting is only mediocre. I saw them live and like most young bands they have work to do to get better.
Published 1 month ago by Terabytes
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but a bit derivative.
The guys from Sound Opinions are over the moon for these guys. it's good stuff but far from original. Reminds me of the Bush Tetras meets Patti Smith. Solid record!!
Published 2 months ago by Clark L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, Dark Album
This album was surprising. Captured a lot of the gloominess and darkness of early 90s albums, but in an updated style. Impressive.
Published 2 months ago by Bill Lumberton
5.0 out of 5 stars New favorite album
I was pointed to a couple of their YouTube videos, and really liked the cool merging of Siouxie Sue's voice with a Joy Division band sound. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Roger Davies
1.0 out of 5 stars don't always beleive what you hear
this was recommended by a radio host who evaluates albums--this is one of the worst cd I have ever purchased--and I'm not that hard to please when it comes to music. Read more
Published 2 months ago by roy gilman
5.0 out of 5 stars try it, you'll like it
Kind of an old school punk, but not...better, different. Listened to it constantly at first and is still a strong go to when needed.
Published 2 months ago by S. Randall
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