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Hypersonic Missiles

Sam Fender

Hypersonic Missiles

Debut full-length album from the indie singer-songwriter named one of the BBC's Sound of 2018

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  1. 9.0 |   Gigwise

    Hypersonic Missiles isn’t just a collection of songs from a talented young man, it’s an education for anyone who wants to know the confusing reality of life in Great Britain in 2019 when you haven’t been handed everything on a plate
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  2. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A debut album that cements Fender’s place at the golden table: the perfect first attempt
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  3. 8.0 |   NME

    The Geordie Springsteen's debut excels at documenting small-town frustration, which is why he means so much to so many people. This album isn't perfect, but he's a welcome antidote to polite chaps with guitars
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  4. 8.0 |   Clash

    Packed with high octane hits, all of which translate into an impeccable record. Sam Fender’s debut is brave, confident and evocative
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  5. 8.0 |   The Music

    Fender is destined for great things
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  6. 8.0 |   Q

    It's hard not to imagine the stadium potential of these songs. There's a power in their marriage of beauty and disgruntlement, towering moments that recall '80s U2 or Simple Minds. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Astonishing debut justifies the Bruce Springsteen comparisons
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  8. 8.0 |   All Music

    Taken altogether, Hypersonic Missiles is smart, passionate, and loaded with rock-solid anthems that surpass the "promising" designation
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  9. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Fascinating, confused and a little bit terrified, Sam Fender's debut album filters universal truths through a North East England lens
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  10. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Once he broadens his musical horizons and steps out from under his influences, he’ll really be going places
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  11. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The North Shields singer-songwriter may look cookie-cutter but his gritty, gloriously anthemic songs on toxic masculinity, violence and death are anything but
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  12. 6.1 |   Pitchfork

    Though the upstart British songwriter is a capable storyteller when he zeroes on a single topic, his debut is only intermittently transcendent
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