Sun Coming Down

Ought - Sun Coming Down
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2015 Ratings: #70 / 770
User Score
Based on 195 ratings
2015 Ratings: #102
September 18, 2015 / Release Date
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Constellation / Label
Post-Punk, Art Punk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH

With Sun Coming Down Ought have affirmed their place as a band to believe in, one to cherish, who understand that indie rock can still be transcendent and moving.

85
The 405

Sun Coming Down already feels like a cult classic and an institution that embraces a thousand sides of the punk rock coin while retaining a steadfast originality.

80
The Skinny

Loose and taut in equal measure, Sun Coming Down roars and whispers but never does it hit too hard.

80
Spin

Sun Coming Down is Robin Hood-rich with pithy one-liners punctuated by Keen’s hi-hats, crashing through Darcy’s free-associating swarm of noise.

80
Pitchfork

The new album takes full advantage of Ought’s fully revved, road-tested engine and increased horsepower, in a strike-while-the-iron’s-hot move. 

80
Drowned in Sound

There’s a marked step forward in the deceptive depth of Sun Coming Down, and Ought perhaps traded in some of their debut longplayer’s immediacy in getting it, but their wit and emotional complexity remain stronger than ever.

80
The Line of Best Fit

There are no tricks on show here, the sound is refreshingly clean, the ethos is admirably simple, embracing the DIY punk spirit and spitting out a beautiful record that will also fill that Sonic Youth-shaped hole in your life.

80
Loud and Quiet

Confident enough to bury their influences – David Byrne, Talking Heads, Modern Lovers et al. – a little deeper this time, Ought seem unencumbered by history and intent on carving out their own legacy; they look defiantly forward, not back.

80
No Ripcord

Sun Coming Down constantly engages and enthralls with an odd sense of humor, cementing Ought as one of the few contemporary post-punk acts that seamlessly merge frantic irreverence with feral intelligence.

80
Rolling Stone

These Montreal post-punks write harsh songs for harsh times on their excellent second album.

80
The Guardian

It’s not as if Ought ... are terribly original ... But it’s performed with a kind of relaxed intensity that’s utterly engrossing.

80
Time Out London

Opener ‘Men for Miles’ sounds like Mark E Smith being bludgeoned to death with several very heavy guitars and there’s not much respite over the record’s eight sludgy songs.  But give it time and patience and beauty emerges from the chaos.

80
NOW Magazine

The way Ought confront modern bleakness is understandably disaffected but ultimately moving and celebratory, in the idealistic tradition of punk.

80
The Needle Drop

Ought's neurotic, jittery approach to art rock and post-punk really impressed me on their latest album. Still room for improvement, but very impressive.

75
Consequence of Sound

Ought proved extremely skilled at the clever interplay between music and lyrics on the group’s debut, and have only strengthened that talent since.

MarkCooper
86
I'm in love

Favorite Tracks: Passionate Turn, Beautiful Blue Sky, Sun's Coming Down, Men for Miles, On the Line
Doofy
74
Ought sound even rougher around the gills on this second album than on their first - clearly effort’s put in to become even noisier and more discordant this time.

They have now aligned even closer sonically to bands like Parquet Courts but their songwriting still goes further back than the 90's for inspiration ending up at the post rock '80s, and in particular David Byrne is a huge influence (check the magnificent 'Beautiful Blue Sky').
Cape90
84
Fav Tracks: Men for Miles, Passionate Turn, The Combo, Sun's Coming Down, Beautiful Blue Sky, Never Better
Least Fav. Track: Celebration
Hamilton
93
Tim Darcy has a weird voice. It's good though.
Sappy
85
Top Favorite: Beautiful Blue Sky
Other Favorites: Men For Miles, Celebration, Never Better
Least Favorite: Sun’s Coming Down
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MISC LISTS

#13/Exclaim (Pop & Rock)

Track List

  1. Men for Miles
  2. Passionate Turn
  3. The Combo
  4. Sun’s Coming Down
  5. Beautiful Blue Sky
  6. Celebration
  7. On the Line
  8. Never Better
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