- Rennen

SOHN - Rennen
CRITIC SCORE
69
Based on 14 reviews
2017 Rank: #183 / 227
USER SCORE
67
Based on
83 ratings

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80
The Skinny

Rennen is more thought-provoking than its predecessor, but it's still unmistakably SOHN.

80
Loud and Quiet
‘Rennen’’s restraint is also its saviour.
80
The 405

SOHN doesn’t drown on Rennen, nor does he tread water, sticking within the confines of the music he’s already created. Rennen is SOHN diving into new creative depths, and triumphing.

80
Clash

It’s a follow-up that interlocks with the debut perfectly, building on its foundation both lavish and coy, doing pop music that’s both bang on target and way too wise for the charts.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Taylor has a great voice and there’s some fine writing to be found right across this, but Rennen is definitely most compelling when it forgets about the song and just lets go, throwing arms up to the speaker stacks and letting the sweat flow down.

78
GIGsoup

This genuine effort is truly appealing and needles to say, the world needs artists and producers of Sohn’s magnitude.

70
PopMatters

There are a few misadventures to be sure, particularly early on in the album, but if you are able to look past these you will find that Rennen still has plenty to offer.

70
AllMusic

It does seem that the only sign of maturity and progression is in the lyrics, leaving the song structures and melodies feeling a little too familiar. Either way you look at it, Sohn hasn't exactly reinvented the wheel here.

70
God Is in the TV

Rennen is genuinely an album of two halves; a mixture of sublime production and a rather frustrating wail-inflected vocal which can be off-putting.

60
DIY
On ‘Rennen’, he takes a step back from the intensity of life that ensued following his debut, favouring isolation when he sat down to pen its follow up. The results create a spectrum that spans from stunning to forgettable.
60
Drowned in Sound
SOHN spent a month recording the album alone, adopting a nocturnal schedule and the whole record has been infused with the sounds and feelings of nighttime. But sometimes you start to wonder if SOHN himself was falling asleep at some points.
60
The Independent

The busier things get, the less engaging they seem.

43
Pretty Much Amazing

It’s well-produced, clean and unobjectionable. Rennen fits this bill nicely, if that’s what you’re looking for. But regardless of whether it’s something you want, it’s nothing you need.

40
The Guardian
Despite his obvious production chops, Sohn the popstar seems merely an uninspiring iteration of the current trend for singing an irritatingly affected brand of the blues.
pouls
65
This is a decent album. It serves more as some background music for me, and it does not do much for me apart from that, but it is a still enjoyable album. It does have its potholes, like some weak instrumentals every now and then, and some drab vocals every now and then, but there are some shining moments in it. A good album for background listening, I'd say, however, it does not do much for me other than that.

Personal Favourites: Signal, Primary, Falling, Still Waters
justmyopinion
52
Edit: I want to lower this a bit because after 2 months, it's definitely not worth a 6.

I went into this album having a bit of high expectations because I really liked his debut. Sadly, this isn't as good and of course not any better. Well, I wouldn't say I was completely disappointed, but this felt to me like a step backwards; Even though some songs show SOHN has developed as a producer, to me these were only 4 songs. The other 6 tracks, 3 of them were okay and the other 3 felt like fillers. ... read more
BuffaloStaple
57
I thought instrumentally this was an interesting listen, but vocally this guy is incredibly bland to me. He sounds like a knock-off james blake in pretty much every way. In fact this album reminds me very heavily of the debut James Blake album, only way less daring, captivating or diverse. I think he's definitely got a lot of potential though, and I credit him for putting out an album that's brief and to the point, but I can't say I was too amazed by it. Still though I did get a few solid ... read more
83
Wow my first ever review what I love in an album is the ability to start off with a banger and finish with an epic,,,The two obvious singles in between are a bonus...Powerful and exciting and deeper than the harbour spoken of in the brilliant close...to provide my opinion on this timeless album will be hard to top this album in 2017...PK
Kokolores
70
Sohn has a very warm, ensouled voice which is gerat in the combination with the colder electronical music. Really like the album. It is always challanging to satisfy all useres with the second album after a great debut. For sure Sohn is still im Rennen.
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DETAILS

January 13, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
4AD / Label
Art Pop / Genres
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Track List
  1. Hard Liquor
  2. Conrad
  3. Signal
  4. Dead Wrong
  5. Primary
  6. Rennen
  7. Falling
  8. Proof
  9. Still Waters
  10. Harbour


Added on: November 7, 2016