Nine

SAULT - Nine
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2021 Ratings: #23 / 741
Year End Rank: #45
User Score
Based on 427 ratings
2021 Ratings: #246
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Observer

Where the two Untitleds were aflame with anger as well as pain, Nine returns to trauma – and healing – as its central motif. “The pain is real,” Sault repeat.

100
The Arts Desk

It might not feel like a revolution, but Nine is the sound of workers taking back control.

90
Gigwise

Musically, a lot sounds familiar if you have been following the group over the last couple of years, but SAULT has again done what SAULT does best – created something beautiful that carries an ever so important message.

90
Albumism

While it doesn’t hit the same spine-tingling euphoric heights as 2020’s ultra-dynamic duo, Nine is another excellent addition to the group’s catalogue.

90
Earmilk

NINE is another stacked addition for Sault’s oeuvre, a journey through space, time and funk which remains rooted to real world issues at all times.

80
Clash

A project that wrestles with complex ideas, ‘Nine’ never quite settles. Masterful in its softness of touch, Sault know when to apply and relieve pressure; at moments it can be intense, yet others are bathed in a beatific R&B halo.

80
NME

Once again, SAULT demonstrate the power of words and just how impactful music can be. It’s impossible not to feel affected by the stories being told.

80
Exclaim!
SAULT carry on commenting about those still-relevant issues with vivid lyrics about injustice wrapped in captivating rhythms.
80
AllMusic
Total absorption reveals that this is simply part of Sault's ever-expanding and increasingly colorful tapestry, no slapdash addendum.
78
Pitchfork

The elusive UK group’s third album in just over a year—to be made available online for only 99 days—renders Black trauma in the eerie, sing-song cadences of children’s rhymes.

gopxity
80

They've done it again... I don't even know what to say about this group anymore. Releasing 5 projects as good as this in just 3 years is pretty amazing and I feel like they still have a lot more in the tank.

Favorite tracks: London Gangs, Bitter Streets, Alcohol, You from London, 9
Least favorite: -

theofloorboard
89

Fascinating and still consistent from start to finish, SAULT's never disappoints.

SonicDiscovery
76

After two fantastic politically charged albums in 2020 (Black & Rise), mysterious UK outfit Sault return with their newest outing Nine, which still focuses on issues plaguing black communities, but this time is light enough to focus on unity more than anything else. Although tracks like “Trap Life”, “Alcohol” and “Fear” reflects on darker themes of police shootings, substance abuse and the fear felt by those effected, other songs like “London ... read more

Unoriginal
80

I fucking hate Sault feeling the need to gimmick everything. This is their best album that I’ve heard, although I’m yet to hear their first four, but “Oh, let’s remove it from streaming for a little gimmick”. Fuck you.

EliTeMP
80

You from London?

Jeremaya2
85

I managed to get a free download of this before they removed it from their platforms. I'm not going to lie this entire album is a full-on vibe that deals with trauma and darkness. It is a fantastic Neo-Soul album and a fascinating display of artistry

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Track List

1Haha
0:51
67
2London Gangs
3:26
76
3Trap Life
3:03
72
4Fear
3:30
68
5Mike's Story
0:57
68
6Bitter Streets
4:02
84
7Alcohol
4:03
77
8You from London
3:51
78
99
5:14
76
10Light's in Your Hands
5:05
80
Total Length: 34 minutes
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Added on: June 15, 2021