UNTITLED (Black Is)

SAULT - UNTITLED (Black Is)
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #7 / 794
Year End Rank: #8
User Score
Based on 351 ratings
2020 Ratings: #88
Liked by 19 people
June 19, 2020 / Release Date
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Neo-Soul / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Albumism

Just as D’Angelo’s Black Messiah landed at the perfect time, so this monumental piece of work arrives with a bible in one hand and balled fist in the other to demand equality and freedom for all at exactly the right moment.

100
Louder Than War
The mysterious Sault has created a powerful, potent protest album that is musically magnificent.
80
AllMusic

Untitled (Black Is) comes across as an urgent outpouring of grief, anger, affirmation, and consolation, and at the same time, it stretches Sault's stylistic range to an extent where virtually anything seems possible for their future.

80
Q Magazine
It's another masterwork from a group with no peers.
80
Mojo
Beautiful and potent stuff.
JacksonLerner
86
SAULT create an empowering collection of tracks on this statement of survival.

the identities of SAULT’s members are currently unknown. Inflo, the main producer, is the only known, consistently credited person.

“wildfires” is easily one of the best tracks on the album. it maintains a comforting vibe even through its murderous lyrics. meanwhile the other instrumentation helps preserve the peaceful atmosphere. the bass groove is addictive. the harmonic vocals near the end ... read more
dearsongs
73
soul/funk/gospel sounds. A few stand out tracks, and the whole thing flows nicely. "Wildfires" is a real nice cut and while you can say it feels appropriate in today's climate, its really been this way for decades/centuries.

This really should be on the front page.
BGL13
68
despite having a great message, untitled is pretty stale musically
faves: wildfires, hard life, sorry, eternal life, miracles
least faves: interludes, black, pray up, stop dem, don’t shoot
Case
70
I had never heard of this and didn’t know anything about Sault, and I still don’t, as they’re incredibly mysterious. But I saw both this and the other untitled record in a lot of year end lists, so I decided to check them
both out. I’m starting here, and while it is really good, I still think there’s room for improvement.

Untitled (Black Is) is a really good protest album, but it’s not perfect. It’s a little long, and many moments feel underdeveloped. ... read more
marvelgaryen
74
First time hearing Sault, I have some impressions. First and foremost the album concept is great, the cover is simple but sets the statement in a clear way. As I was listening I was absorving the information and thinking about it, I do like the overall songs, some were fillers but 70% of the album is solid. I was reading the reviews in this page and caught myself thinking the same way of some users here, I do think the record is quite repetitive, I get the message but somehow I don't feel as ... read more
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Track List

  1. Out The Lies
  2. Stop Dem
  3. Hard Life
  4. Don't Shoot Guns Down
  5. Wildfires
  6. X
  7. Sorry Ain't Enough
  8. Black Is
  9. Bow (feat. Michael Kiwanuka)
  10. This Generation (feat. Laurette Josiah)
  11. Why We Cry Why We Die
  12. Black
  13. US
  14. Eternal Life
  15. Only Synth in Church
  16. Monsters
  17. June Child
  18. Miracles
  19. Hold Me
  20. Pray Up Stay Up
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Added on: June 16, 2020