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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for Vienna-based British electronic producer Christopher Taylor.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Nov 6, 2014
    89
    Tremors ultimately flourishes as a dazzling set of pop tracks.
  2. Apr 11, 2014
    80
    Sure to be a hit with the disenfranchised, give the man a single bulb to perform under on stage and fans will be riveted.
  3. Apr 2, 2014
    80
    It’s both expressive and inventive while still retaining that alluring degree of mystery.
  4. Apr 23, 2014
    80
    SOHN is partial to sampling his own voice to augment the wounded confessionals. They stutter rhythmically and mix with a patchwork of minimal yet intricate electronics and low end beats to spine-tingling effect. [May 2014, p.118]
  5. Apr 25, 2014
    76
    Tremors finds time to be adventurous with its feet firmly planted on the ground; it moves maturely.
  6. Apr 17, 2014
    70
    Sohn casts his falsetto in blues-worthy scenarios--a one-man band balancing songcraft and heady post-dubstep production better than James Blake or Rhye, two inevitable comparisons.
  7. Apr 9, 2014
    50
    Tremors is actually kinda intriguing in a “canary in the coalmine” sort of way.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Apr 16, 2014
    9
    This debut effort from SOHN shows a wealth of promise, as well as solidifies his status as one of the best singer/producers to come out in theThis debut effort from SOHN shows a wealth of promise, as well as solidifies his status as one of the best singer/producers to come out in the last couple of years. Sure, his sound is deeply indebted to those of The Weeknd and James Blake, but his permutation of contemporary pop and moody electronica is a winning one. Songs like "Ransom Notes" and "Lessons" carry with them a deep emotional weight that other electronic singer-songwriters have failed to capture in the last couple of years. Here's the thick and thin of it: "Tremors" is what Kiss Land should have been and what "Overgrown" would be if it was slightly worse. It's a great album, deserving of your admiration or, at least, your attention. Expand
  2. Apr 11, 2014
    8
    Very much worth the listen and a promising debut. Taylor brings a lot to the table here and pulls from a wide array of influences, yet it isVery much worth the listen and a promising debut. Taylor brings a lot to the table here and pulls from a wide array of influences, yet it is hard to pin his sound to one characterization or make a direct comparison. His voice and sense of rhythm are quite unique and enough to carry most of the tracks by themselves, and although Tremors finds itself as a motif of the same elements at times, it presents enough change throughout to keep the record from ever growing stale. At just 40 minutes Tremors will grab the attention of fans of many genres and get them to play it out to the end, especially those with a taste for The Weeknd, James Blake or Lana Del Rey. Expand
  3. May 15, 2014
    8
    English electronic musician SOHN may not be instantly making a large name for himself with Tremors. Nonetheless, this impressive debut isEnglish electronic musician SOHN may not be instantly making a large name for himself with Tremors. Nonetheless, this impressive debut is delightfully refreshing, comfortably accessible, and irrefutably unique at a time in the year where music isn’t really knocking us off our feet. Tremors is brimming with fresh and innovative sounds and compositions, tied together with a consistent aesthetic theme that allows the album to always flow coherently. However, despite possessing many complex and clever arrangements and layers, Tremors doesn’t always come across as dynamic as one would hope. SOHN, in his meticulousness regarding energy and atmosphere, casually ignores melody and structure at times, resulting in a very pleasant but easily forgettable experience. So while you may enjoy listening to the album in the car ride home, don’t expect to find yourself still moving to the album’s rhythm and lip-syncing the lyrics an hour later (save for a couple of standout tracks). In the long run, Tremors never surpasses amazing, but it gets pretty darn close most of the time. I hope to see SOHN producing some exciting hits in the coming years.

    FINAL SCORE: 85 (great ----------o---------- almost perfect)
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  4. Apr 9, 2014
    6
    Huge expectations for this album based on his previous EPs. Unfortunately I was a bit let down with the tracks I had yet to hear. His sound isHuge expectations for this album based on his previous EPs. Unfortunately I was a bit let down with the tracks I had yet to hear. His sound is too one-dimensional to pull off a full album that way. It's not bad by any means, but the chopped vocals get a bit redundant at points, and a few tracks feel like they have a lot of potential but never grow or expand into anything of substance. Still a nice effort, but he set the bar a little too high for himself with his previous singles. Expand