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Silence Yourself is the debut studio album by the English post-punk band Savages, released on 6 May 2013 on Matador Records and Pop Noire, a label owned by vocalist Jehnny Beth.[2] It was nominated for the 2013 Mercury Prize.

Silence Yourself
Savages - Silence Yourself.jpg
Studio album by
Released6 May 2013 (2013-05-06)
RecordedDecember 2012 (2012-12) at Fishfactory in London, United Kingdom
Genre
Length38:39
LabelMatador, Pop Noire
ProducerJohnny Hostile, Rodaidh McDonald
Savages chronology
I Am Here
(2012)
Silence Yourself
(2013)
Adore Life
(2016)

Music and styleEdit

Critics made a parallel with British post-punk of the late 1970s, Magazine and Gang of Four. NME wrote that 'French frontwoman Jehnny Beth has moulded herself into the demonic, possessed spawn of Ian Curtis and Siouxsie Sioux".[3] Uncut retrospectively said about the music: "It is a bit Siouxsie, a bit Stranglers, a bit Magazine – and after a decade-odd of bands reviving the sounds and strategies of post-punk"".[4]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic82/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [1]
The A.V. ClubB[6]
Chicago Tribune    [7]
The Daily Telegraph     [8]
The Guardian     [9]
Mojo     [10]
NME8/10[3]
Pitchfork8.7/10[11]
Rolling Stone     [12]
Spin8/10[13]

Silence Yourself 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 36 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[5]

In the United Kingdom, the album reached No. 19 on the charts. In the United States, the album debuted at No. 70 on the Billboard 200,[14] and No. 20 on the Rock Albums chart.[15] The album has sold 43,000 copies in the US as of December 2015.[16]

In 2019, Pitchfork ranked Silence Yourself at number 178 on their list of "The 200 Best Albums of the 2010s"; senior editor Stacey Anderson wrote: "Silence Yourself carries every bit of [Savages' live show] adrenaline; in its coiled, sparking guitars and rabid screams, it warns of the dangers of technology while weaponizing its potential."[17]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Savages.

No.TitleLength
1."Shut Up"4:48
2."I Am Here"3:20
3."City's Full"3:27
4."Strife"3:57
5."Waiting for a Sign"5:25
6."Dead Nature"2:06
7."She Will"3:27
8."No Face"3:35
9."Hit Me"1:41
10."Husbands"2:50
11."Marshal Dear"4:03
Total length:38:39

PersonnelEdit

All personnel credits adapted from Silence Yourself's album notes.[18]

Savages
  • Jehnny Beth – vocals, piano
  • Gemma Thompson – guitar, illustration
  • Ayse Hassan – bass
  • Fay Milton – drums
Additional musicians
Technical personnel
Design personnel
  • Antoine Carlier – design
  • Richard Dumas – photography

Chart positionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Silence Yourself – Savages". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Coming May 6: Savages – Silence Yourself LP/CD/digital album". Matador Records. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b Barlow, Eve (7 May 2013). "Savages, 'Silence Yourself'". NME. Archived from the original on 16 March 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  4. ^ Pattison, Louis (10 February 2016). "Adore Life- review". Uncut. Archived from the original on 18 January 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ a b "Reviews for Silence Yourself by Savages". Metacritic. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  6. ^ Zaleski, Annie (7 May 2013). "Savages: Silence Yourself". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  7. ^ Kot, Greg (6 May 2013). "Album review: Savages, 'Silence Yourself'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  8. ^ Brown, Helen (3 May 2013). "Savages, Silence Yourself, album review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  9. ^ Petridis, Alexis (2 May 2013). "Savages: Silence Yourself – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  10. ^ Segal, Victoria (June 2013). "Fierce creatures: First mission from this year's statement band". Mojo (235): 87. ISSN 1351-0193.
  11. ^ Zoladz, Lindsay (6 May 2013). "Savages: Silence Yourself". Pitchfork. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  12. ^ Fricke, David (7 May 2013). "Silence Yourself". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  13. ^ Benson, Stephanie (6 May 2013). "Savages, 'Silence Yourself' (Pop Noire/Matador)". Spin. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  14. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. 25 May 2013.
  15. ^ "Rock Albums". Billboard. 25 May 2013.
  16. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on 14 December 2015.
  17. ^ "The 200 Best Albums of the 2010s". Pitchfork. 8 October 2019. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  18. ^ Silence Yourself (Album notes). Savages. Matador Records. 2013. OLE-1036-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  19. ^ "Savages – Silence Yourself". Ultratop (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  20. ^ "Savages – Silence Yourself". Ultratop (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  21. ^ "Savages – Silence Yourself". dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  22. ^ "Top 100 Artist Album, Week Ending 9 May 2013". Chart-Track. GfK. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  23. ^ "Top 10 Independent Artist Album, Week Ending 9 May 2013". Chart-Track. GfK. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  24. ^ "2013-05-18 Top 40 Official Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  25. ^ "2013-05-18 Top 40 Independent Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  26. ^ a b c d "Silence Yourself – Savages | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 9 December 2013.

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