AOTY 2017
Sun Coming Down
Ought - Sun Coming Down
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2015 Ratings: #57 / 742
User Score
Based on 153 ratings
2015 Ratings: #75
Your Review

CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH

With Sun Coming Down Ought have affirmed their place as a band to believe in, one to cherish, who understand that indie rock can still be transcendent and moving.

85
The 405

Sun Coming Down already feels like a cult classic and an institution that embraces a thousand sides of the punk rock coin while retaining a steadfast originality.

80
The Skinny

Loose and taut in equal measure, Sun Coming Down roars and whispers but never does it hit too hard.

80
Spin

Sun Coming Down is Robin Hood-rich with pithy one-liners punctuated by Keen’s hi-hats, crashing through Darcy’s free-associating swarm of noise.

80
Pitchfork

The new album takes full advantage of Ought’s fully revved, road-tested engine and increased horsepower, in a strike-while-the-iron’s-hot move. 

80
Drowned in Sound

There’s a marked step forward in the deceptive depth of Sun Coming Down, and Ought perhaps traded in some of their debut longplayer’s immediacy in getting it, but their wit and emotional complexity remain stronger than ever.

80
The Line of Best Fit

There are no tricks on show here, the sound is refreshingly clean, the ethos is admirably simple, embracing the DIY punk spirit and spitting out a beautiful record that will also fill that Sonic Youth-shaped hole in your life.

80
Loud and Quiet

Confident enough to bury their influences – David Byrne, Talking Heads, Modern Lovers et al. – a little deeper this time, Ought seem unencumbered by history and intent on carving out their own legacy; they look defiantly forward, not back.

80
No Ripcord

Sun Coming Down constantly engages and enthralls with an odd sense of humor, cementing Ought as one of the few contemporary post-punk acts that seamlessly merge frantic irreverence with feral intelligence.

80
Rolling Stone

These Montreal post-punks write harsh songs for harsh times on their excellent second album.

80
The Guardian

It’s not as if Ought ... are terribly original ... But it’s performed with a kind of relaxed intensity that’s utterly engrossing.

80
Time Out London

Opener ‘Men for Miles’ sounds like Mark E Smith being bludgeoned to death with several very heavy guitars and there’s not much respite over the record’s eight sludgy songs.  But give it time and patience and beauty emerges from the chaos.

80
NOW Magazine

The way Ought confront modern bleakness is understandably disaffected but ultimately moving and celebratory, in the idealistic tradition of punk.

80
The Needle Drop

Ought's neurotic, jittery approach to art rock and post-punk really impressed me on their latest album. Still room for improvement, but very impressive.

75
Consequence of Sound

Ought proved extremely skilled at the clever interplay between music and lyrics on the group’s debut, and have only strengthened that talent since.

70
PopMatters

Sun Coming Down gives us just enough new ideas while highlighting everything that makes this band great.

Sep 17, 2015
SiberianBreaks
90
With 'Sun Coming Down,' Ought just prove themselves to be one of the more important acts of the decade. Compared to the debut, this followup feels incredibly cohesive and never manages to sound directionless or scattered. The instrumentation is a lot more noisy and hectic on here and it compliments the maniacal tone of the singer in a more flattering way. Overall, Ought are sounding a lot more confident with this release and it's definitely an improvement on all fronts.

Favourite tracks: Men ... read more
Sep 30, 2017
pouls
85
Ought's 2015 album shows a lot of potential coming from this post-punk band. The warm sound that the band carries here, accompanied with the eccentric lyrics, makes this album one of the most special albums in the genre to be released this decade. This album took a while to grow on me, but once it did grow on me, I couldn't stop listening to it. An essential if you are into post-punk.
May 24, 2017
NR
It's a bunch of old rock ideas thrown together but it works
Jan 16, 2017
Errandboy
92
With 'Sun Coming Down', Ought prove they will be one of the most memorable acts in the years to come. Tim Darcy's vocals, while certainly not for everyone, are nothing short of unique. Not to mention, they're paired with some of the most enjoyable and straight forward lyrics on any record, art punk or not, in the past decade. Tracks like 'Men for Miles' and 'The Combo' are punchy post punk riots, while 'Beautiful Blue Sky' will most likely go down as one of the great tracks of this decade. It's ... read more
Nov 22, 2015
87
A really good follow-up to the sleeper hit that was their debut. "Beautiful Blue Sky" may be one of the best and most refreshing tracks this year.


Added on: July 7, 2015