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Seventeen Going Under

Sam Fender

Seventeen Going Under

Second full-length album from the North Shields indie singer-songwriter recorded in Ireland

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  1. 10.0 |   Gigwise

    A once-in-a-generation artist delivers a stunning second album
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  2. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    The North Shields songwriter replaces his former broad-brush politicking with rousing but arrestingly bleak, personal material that puts his indie-rock peers in the shade
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  3. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    Seventeen Going Under is profoundly sad and also a euphoric singalong. It’s hard to know how to feel while listening to it, other than certain it’s a triumph
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  4. 10.0 |   Dork

    This is very special indeed
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  5. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Sam Fender gives a stirring tour through the poverty and politics of middle England on his polished new album, Seventeen Going Under
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  6. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    Powerful, essential stuff, a coming of age album that speaks to the human experience in the here and now. Its creator is absolutely the real deal
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  7. 8.0 |   The Independent

    While he’s balked at comparisons to Bruce Springsteen, it’s easy to understand why they’re made: the 27-year-old has a similar, hollering vocal style, along with a penchant for wheeling sax solos. This hasn’t changed a jot here, but Fender has refined both his songwriting and his sound
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  8. 8.0 |   The FT

    Difficult themes such as depression and poverty are charged by full-throated performances in the Tyneside musician’s new album
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  9. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Despite not quite being as upbeat and full of instant hits like his debut, Seventeen Going Under sees Sam Fender take the listener on a new, personal, and emotional journey that centres around the backdrop of his adolescence and his own sense of morality
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  10. 8.0 |   NME

    Lockdown forced the Geordie hero to reckon with the impact of his formative years and the ties that bind, resulting in this bruising second album
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  11. 8.0 |   Clash

    Even in the albums more heightened and banging moments, there’s consideration and a message, lyrics worthy of a proper listen
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  12. 7.0 |   All Music

    Fender still makes room for soaring anthems like the skittering "Paradigms," driving "Get You Down," and the title track, a saxophone-bolstered chant-along that recalls suppressing anger as a teen
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  13. 6.6 |   Pitchfork

    With classic rock ambition and full-hearted sincerity, the 27-year-old British songwriter hits his stride when looking inward but fumbles when casting his gaze toward society at large
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  14. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Fender might tread on familiar ground, but he does so wearing steel toe-capped boots.
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  15. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The more he escapes from the conspiracist-leaning sloganeering, ironically the more politically compelling he gets
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