Seventeen Going Under

Sam Fender - Seventeen Going Under
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2021 Ratings: #38 / 585
User Score
Based on 143 ratings
2021 Ratings: #113
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Guardian
Seventeen Going Under is an album rooted in 2021 that, in spirit at least, seems to look back 40-something years, to the brief early 80s period when Top of the Pops played host to The Specials and The Jam. The result is really powerful.
100
Gigwise

Seventeen Going Under is a spectacularly faultless second record that will inspire generations to come: Springsteen might be Sam’s hero but he's becoming a boss in his own right.

100
Evening Standard

Seventeen Going Under is profoundly sad and also a euphoric singalong. It’s hard to know how to feel while listening to it, other than certain it’s a triumph.

100
Dork

Bravely putting his own life under that same microscopic attention to detail that coloured so much of his debut, it is a bold leap forward in all the ways that matter.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Despite not quite being as upbeat and full of instant hits like his debut, Seventeen Going Under sees Sam Fender take the listener on a new, personal, and emotional journey that centres around the backdrop of his adolescence and his own sense of morality.

80
NME
If ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ was the sound of a young boy kicking out at the world, ‘Seventeen Going Under’ sees Fender realise that it can kick back a lot harder, and he counts every blow and bruise.
80
Clash
'Seventeen Going Under' has something for everyone, touching on every corner of his previous discography from softer ballads to raging indie tracks.
80
The Telegraph

Seventeen Going Under would benefit from more such restraint, to really bring out the vulnerability and sensitivity underpinning Fender’s oeuvre.

80
The Independent

Fender has refined both his songwriting and his sound.

70
AllMusic

While the subject matter here is more personal, it sticks to a palette of lush, guitar-based band arrangements and doesn't shed any sociopolitical awareness.

66
Pitchfork

With classic rock ambition and full-hearted sincerity, the 27-year-old British songwriter hits his stride when looking inward but fumbles when casting his gaze toward society at large.

60
The Arts Desk
This record IS a step forward, and a solid statement from Fender – but it also hints how much more he could do if he really cut loose from the generic and made music even a tenth as unorthodox as his furious lyrics.
60
The Irish Times
Fender might tread on familiar ground, but he does so wearing steel toe-capped boots.
orangedroog65
100
I mean this would still be a strong 9 even if it was the 16 track album with the bonus tracks. Huge winner. I just absolutely love Sam fender and I can’t really pinpoint why. 2 albums down, not a single bad track. The personal nature of this album elevates it over hypersonic missiles for me, but I just already feel excited for what he’s got next.
prets
70
get you down <3
MusicXXY
93
Yeah, I said it before and I will say it again. NARAS was wrong for snubbing Mr. Fender in Best New Artist category. I'm glad that he sustains the consistency from the delicate Hypersonic Missiles, in fact he brings it to another level in this second album. Two years have been perfectly spent to craft a new gem. Last To Make It Home is my new addiction, it's a haunting rock ballad that slowly tear my soul. Overall, Seventeen Going Under is the embodiment of Fender's perspective of life, pure ... read more
Doofy
78
2021 edition 'heartland rock' Killers - with less filler
Ruimtewezel
82
There are few artists still doing this brand of rock successfully. To be honest, I thought it was a bit of a dead genre in general, but ever since I've found the very talented Sam Fender... Well, I've been hooked.
His second album is a brilliant step forward for the lad.
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Track List

1Seventeen Going Under
4:57
90
2Getting Started
3:09
80
3Aye
3:06
68
4Get You Down
4:23
82
5Long Way Off
3:49
85
6Spit Of You
4:33
84
7Last To Make It Home
5:21
79
8The Leveller
4:01
74
9Mantra
4:16
78
10Paradigms
3:45
71
11The Dying Light
3:57
80
Total Length: 45 minutes
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Added on: July 7, 2021