Rennen is more thought-provoking than its predecessor, but it's still unmistakably SOHN.
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.
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.
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.
This genuine effort is truly appealing and needles to say, the world needs artists and producers of Sohn’s magnitude.
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.
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.
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.
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.