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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the British indie rock singer-songwriter was produced by Bramwell Bronte.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Oct 7, 2021
    100
    Seventeen Going Under is an album rooted in 2021 that, in spirit at least, seems to look back 40-something years, to the brief early 80s period when Top of the Pops played host to the Specials and the Jam. The result is really powerful.
  2. His debut album ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ scratched gently at the surface of a songwriter of real detail and skill, but second time around he digs real deep for a wiser, weightier record stuffed with sax-soaked rock epics that touch on life and death, love and heartbreak, rage and regret.
  3. 80
    Seventeen Going Under would benefit from more such restraint, to really bring out the vulnerability and sensitivity underpinning Fender’s oeuvre. It is not much of a criticism to note that he doesn’t have the dynamic range of his musical hero yet. Fender may not be ready to take on the mantle of the Boss, but he’s a worthy apprentice.
  4. 80
    Fender has refined both his songwriting and his sound.
  5. Oct 7, 2021
    80
    Even in the albums more heightened and banging moments, there’s consideration and a message, lyrics worthy of a proper listen. By drawing on his own experience and stories, Sam brings politics to his music in a way that’s more impactful than anything Keir Starmer is doing at the minute.
  6. Oct 7, 2021
    70
    While the subject matter here is more personal, it sticks to a palette of lush, guitar-based band arrangements and doesn't shed any sociopolitical awareness.
  7. Oct 13, 2021
    66
    While Seventeen Going Under excels when Fender looks inward, the intimacy is disrupted by scattered political musings.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
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  1. Oct 8, 2021
    10
    Sam Fender traz nesses novo trabalho mais do que esperávamos, ele consegue sempre nos surpreender com seu talento. O álbum tá ótimo, aSam Fender traz nesses novo trabalho mais do que esperávamos, ele consegue sempre nos surpreender com seu talento. O álbum tá ótimo, a evolução das faixas são incríveis, com certeza eu iria em uma apresentação ao vivo se não morasse tão longe. Expand
  2. Oct 10, 2021
    10
    More mature and cohesive than the first album. Sam deserves more recognition.
  3. Oct 10, 2021
    10
    I truly believe that Sam has a "Born to Run" level album in him, and if what he's given us in the very best bits of this album are anyI truly believe that Sam has a "Born to Run" level album in him, and if what he's given us in the very best bits of this album are any indication, and if he continues to make a B-line towards his true potential, his next could be one of the greatest rock albums in modern history. This album, however, would still be up there. As an aside, it's a shame that Angel in Lothian didn't make the standard edition. It may be one of the best songs he'll ever write and anyone who holds that it's his best song yet will hear no argument from me. It should be a concert staple for decades to come. Expand
  4. Oct 16, 2021
    10
    Incredible, Fender deserves way more recognition. This album is quite possibly my favorite of 2021, so heart-felt and honest. Get you down isIncredible, Fender deserves way more recognition. This album is quite possibly my favorite of 2021, so heart-felt and honest. Get you down is also one of my favorite songs of the year. This is a great evolution from Hypersonic Missiles (which I also love btw). Expand
  5. Oct 15, 2021
    10
    I wish Sam Fender got the same recognition as overrated mediocre singers like H*rry Styl*s. Sam is a great song-writer who writes about soI wish Sam Fender got the same recognition as overrated mediocre singers like H*rry Styl*s. Sam is a great song-writer who writes about so many different topics, brings awareness to social issues. He makes ART. I enjoyed this album even more than his debut, he keeps improving himself. Love you Sam! Expand
  6. Oct 8, 2021
    9
    Go Sam Go. Born out of a rough childhood and a winner of the Brits Critics Choice Awards musician, and actor released a couple of albums DeadGo Sam Go. Born out of a rough childhood and a winner of the Brits Critics Choice Awards musician, and actor released a couple of albums Dead Boys and Hypersonic Missiles probably best known for the FIFA song Play God. Vocals remind me of Brandon Flowers of the Killers at very tight band and then there is the glorious Sax mixed with much of his music with a surprising and welcome political bent.
    His latest effort Seventeen Going Under you will want to add to your collection or streaming service. Enjoy I did thoroughly!
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