‘Under the Savage Sky’
Barrence Whitfield & The Savages (Bloodshot)
4 stars out of 5
Between 1984-90, Boston’s Barrence Whitfield & the Savages were riding high with their no-holds-barred approach to making music. Mixing, rock, soul and R&B, Whitfield & the Savages were a sonic force of nature. They called it quits after 1990’s “Let’s Lose It,” but Whitfield put together version 2.0 of the band for 2011 release “Savage Kings.” The new lineup had settled into a nice groove by 2013’s “Dig Thy Savage Soul” and amp it up another notch on latest slab “Under the Savage Sky.”
Whitfield & The Savages pull out all the stops on this energetic 12-track, 36-minute release that figures to be even better in person. I’d encourage you to check out their 8 o’clock set tomorrow night at Pittsburgh’s Club Café (www.clubcafelive.com) to fully appreciate what these guys can do. Tickets are just $15 for the over-21 show at one of the city’s best — and most intimate — venues.
The guys come firing out of the gate with “Willow” and personal favorite “I’m a Full Grown Man,” and later deliver the goods on “Adjunct Street,” “Bad News Perfume,” “Incarceration Casserole,” “The Wolf Pack” and “Full Moon in the Daylight Sky.” This one’s a keeper, folks. (Jeffrey Sisk)