Hypersonic Missiles

Sam Fender - Hypersonic Missiles
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2019 Ratings: #116 / 476
User Score
Based on 50 ratings
2019 Ratings: #150
September 13, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor / Label
Heartland Rock / Genres
Suggest a Genre
Abuse of this feature may prevent future contributions from your account.
Your Review
Sign In to rate and review


The Line of Best Fit
This is a debut album that cements Fender’s place at the golden table: the perfect first attempt.
‘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.
‘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.
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.
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.

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

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

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

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
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
Stumbled upon 'Play God' and 'That Sound' few months back while searching for some Springsteen tracks. And yes, he did sound something like a younger Springsteen would do with a combination of The Killers' Sams Town. This LP is not something of brilliance, but you can really see talent for good songwriting. It is still an enjoyable singer songwriter record, specifically the track 'Hypersonic Missiles', which sounds really good.
I tried his music just for the sake for it, ended up liking the album a lot. The opening track got me to listen all the way through, and I'm glad I did.
Sam Fender's first LP is pretty shallow in terms of substance and suffers from being quite instrumentally skeletal at times but there's no disputing that the man can write hits. Getting some top form James Bay vibes, structurally very similar to The Killers and there's even a little War on Drugs in there on a few tracks. Sam Fender struggles to really conjure up a signature sound of his own but I cant complain with how catchy some of these tracks are. Some standouts being 'Will We Talk?', ... read more
Purchasing Hypersonic Missiles from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?

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
Sign in to comment
No one has said anything yet.
In Library (14)

Added on: April 16, 2019