Album Review: Theory Of A Deadman "Savages"
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:53:09
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"Why did you have to let me go?" croons Theory of a Deadman singer and guitarist Tyler Connolly on "Drown", the first single and opening track of the band's latest album Savages.
It's an incisive question that he carries with a heft and heaviness reminiscent of Alice In Chains and Soundgarden. Moreover, he paints a picture of a crumbling relationship that's both relatable and real. It could be anything though, and that's the real majesty inherent within Savages. Theory Of A Deadman step up their game immensely.
Connolly's lyrics evolve dramatically, and he doesn't pull any punches over the course of the record. At the same time, his ability to churn out a marvelous hook remains intact. "Blow" sits up there with his finest radio moments, and it's also sharply funny. However, the emotionality of "Angel" hits even harder when juxtaposed against it. Meanwhile, they make some impressive departures teaming with Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts for the hilarious "Livin' My Life Like A Country Song", which stands bound to be one of their biggest smashes and could very well break them to a whole new audience in the process. Moreover, the title track enlists the howl of Alice Cooper for a heavy and raucously thrashing good time.
Ultimately, Savages isn't just Theory Of A Deadman's best work, it's also one of the year's most dynamic rock records. It's got everything.
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