Hypersonic Missiles

Sam Fender - Hypersonic Missiles
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2019 Ratings: #68 / 632
User Score
Based on 156 ratings
2019 Ratings: #478
September 13, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor / Label
Heartland Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Dork
'Hypersonic Missiles' confirms Sam Fender as a truly rare talent.
90
Gigwise

Hypersonic Missiles isn’t just a collection of songs from a talented young man, it’s an education for anyone who wants to know the confusing reality of life in Great Britain in 2019 when you haven’t been handed everything on a plate.

85
The Line of Best Fit
This is a debut album that cements Fender’s place at the golden table: the perfect first attempt.
80
Clash
‘Hypersonic Missiles’ is packed with high octane hits, all of which translate into an impeccable record. Sam Fender’s debut is brave, confident and evocative.
80
NME
‘Hypersonic Missiles’ mostly hits the notes he longs to convey: it’s by turns euphoric and melancholy, self-deprecating and righteous, untethered and claustrophobic. There are no easy answers here, but Sam Fender’s asking the right questions.
80
The Telegraph
Fender is young enough to be immersed in the life he documents, not writing at a nostalgic remove. When he rises to longing high notes on weekend anthem Saturday, you can really feel him straining at the leash. I think Springsteen would approve.
80
The Independent
He has Springsteen’s rousing holler, and the early indications of someone who could be the voice of a generation – not because he wants to be, but because he sees things and understands.
80
The Guardian
It feels like something mainstream rock music hasn’t dished up in a long time: an album that sounds not just like a hit, but a loud announcement of a striking talent with the space and potential to mature and develop. Which might make it a perfect debut after all.
80
AllMusic

Taken altogether, Hypersonic Missiles is smart, passionate, and loaded with rock-solid anthems that surpass the "promising" designation.

80
The Skinny
Mostly, though, this is everything a debut should be: fascinating, confused and a little bit terrified.
61
Pitchfork

Though the upstart British songwriter is a capable storyteller when he zeroes on a single topic, his debut is only intermittently transcendent.

Supertartory
89
I really enjoyed this. I was excited for this ever since I heard Dead Boys, and this definitely lived up to my expectations. This may not be the most complex, or that unique but boy does it slap.

From start to finish, this album is solid throughout, there are a few dips here and there, but for the most part this is incredibly solid. We start with the quite massive opener, Hypersonic Missiles, which speaks about war and politics, which is a recurring theme on this album, along with topics of ... read more
dumbmoonlight
75
"Heartland Rock"? So that's a thing around here, but apparently "sertanejo" and "forró" are not...? Oh.

Fun fact: I'm a man! Yeah, surprising. Outside of my country, I'm seen as a latino. Inside my country, I'm seen as... White. Probably the best way to "tag" someone who won't have racism issues. If it helps, listening to these tracks made me realize something: Maybe I'm just overly allowed to listen to this kind of album and call it good, while ... read more
thegeecyproject
73
Today, I thought that I would go back for a bit and check out a couple of albums from this year that I missed. I was compelled to check out Sam Fender’s debut album after hearing the title track on the radio, and seeing that he’s been touring with The Killers. I gotta say, I’m quite impressed.

Sam’s biggest noted musical influence is Bruce Springsteen, a musician he’s been listening to since childhood. That influence is obvious in Sam’s passionately ... read more
smallpeeble
85
SAAAAAAM
WildChameleon
65
Similar to The 1975 last year, Sam Fender comes with actual topics in a male perspective (suicide, patriarchy, war, politics) but he doesn't deliver a structured album. He just seems to throw topics here and there and just saying how it's terrible.

But the main difference here is that the tracks are really catchy. I love the style of rock that he is delivering, very easy to listen without feeling bored. Again, he doesn't have his "own" style but it kinda helps to overcome some ... read more
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Year End Lists

#13/Clash
#14/Gigwise
#20/The Independent
#38/NME
#40/Louder Than War
/Radio X

Decade Lists

/Radio X (2010s)

Track List

  1. Hypersonic Missiles
  2. The Borders
  3. White Privilege
  4. Dead Boys
  5. You're Not the Only One
  6. Play God
  7. That Sound
  8. Saturday
  9. Will We Talk?
  10. Two People
  11. Call Me Lover
  12. Leave Fast
  13. Use
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