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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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  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. Oct 22, 2021
    90
    His thoughtful truisms and sonorous songwriting arm them with the required soundtrack. To quote the man who started it all, “The great challenge of adulthood is holding onto your idealism after you lose your innocence.” No one has risen to this challenge with such success, humility, and brilliance as has Sam Fender.
  3. Nov 24, 2021
    90
    Seventeen Going Under is 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 80
    The record is truly a fine piece of artistry that has the power to hypnotise the listener into questioning their inner demons.
  6. 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.
  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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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Oct 20, 2021
    10
    Easily one of the best rock albums in years!
    Sam has made a masterpiece and that’s saying a lot in this day and age.
  5. 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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  6. Oct 29, 2021
    9
    An absolutely amazing album by Sam Fender. It completely encapsulates the problems young people and the working-class face in current Britain.
  7. Oct 25, 2021
    8
    This album is a snapshot of Sam Fender's life in North Shields at the age of seventeen; with references to working class struggles as well asThis album is a snapshot of Sam Fender's life in North Shields at the age of seventeen; with references to working class struggles as well as personal insecurities. Whilst this album has some great moments with the phenomenal "Spit Of You", it does turn rather dull during the second-half. I'd probably need some more time with it. However, Sam Fender is definitely an artist to look out for: he's very self-aware and paints his insecurities so vividly that they resonate with yours. Expand

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