Silence Yourself

May 7, 2013 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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  • Original Release Date: May 6, 2013
  • Label: Matador
  • Copyright: 2013 Matador Records Limited
  • Total Length: 38:38
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  • ASIN: B00CJLW7YA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,252 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I heard about this band from NPR's roundup of best albums of 2013.
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I really love the energy and the power behind this music.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Montaigne on June 17, 2013
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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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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Quaker on May 30, 2013
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Desmond Simon on June 13, 2013
Format: Vinyl
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 By Mark Perlsweig on October 3, 2013
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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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