If you think that cult acts become bitter as they get older and release records that are pale copies of their (albeit fleeting) glory days, that ain't the case with the Savages. Ritual of the Savages may not be as totally berserk as, say, Dig Yourself, but Barry and band still make fine records, alternately energetic and soulful; their repertoire has expanded, and Milton Reder's writing chops (e.g., "Got Your Love Right Here" and "House of Love") have become a valuable asset to the sound. Since the late '80s, the Savages have had a relationship with Ben Vaughn, and his presence and songwriting contributions have helped them continue to refine their sound without losing the sense of manic energy that made their earlier releases so important. Now a decade-plus on, Barrence Whitfield & the Savages are clearly not the same band they were in 1984, but they're still a fine band; spin "Wiggy Waggy Woo" and you'll see.
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AllMusic Review by John Dougan