SAULT - Nine
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Based on 12 reviews
2021 Ratings: #28 / 588
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Based on 363 ratings
2021 Ratings: #136
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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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: -
Fascinating and still consistent from start to finish, SAULT's never disappoints.
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
SAULT continues to be one of the most consistent rnb/neo soul acts with their latest installment NINE. Despite the beginning of the album being a little lackluster in some areas, SAULT continues to bring black excellence to the UK music scene with beautiful rnb tunes especially the last 3 tracks.

Best Tracks: 9, You From London, Light's in Your Hand, London Gangs, Bitter Streets
About a week ago, I was lucky enough to give this album a listen a day before they removed it from streaming services. Thank you Melon for reviewing this and letting us know that they would remove it soon. Honestly, since I only gave this one listen, there's not much I remember about this record. I think I only liked the second half of this record, especially the Little Simz feature. It's pretty decent for the most part, and I do like the conscious lyrics and jazzy production.

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Added on: June 15, 2021