- Rennen

SOHN - Rennen
CRITIC SCORE
68
Based on 11 reviews
2017 Rank: #15 / 20
USER SCORE
68
Based on
62 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.

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.

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.
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
60
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. Signal is one of my favorite 2016 singles though, so it's okay. I'm not mad at ... read more
BuffaloStaple
62
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
78
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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Added on: November 7, 2016