Seventeen Going Under

Sam Fender - Seventeen Going Under
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2021 Ratings: #34 / 736
Year End Rank: #40
User Score
Based on 351 ratings
2021 Ratings: #109
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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.

100
Louder Than War

The North Shields singer-songwriter perfects his trademark style on a lyrically introspective yet musically expansive follow-up to his hit debut album Hypersonic Missiles.

90
PopMatters

Sam Fender gives a stirring tour through the poverty and politics of middle England on his polished new album, Seventeen Going Under.

90
musicOMH

Seventeen Going Under is powerful, essential stuff, a coming of age album that speaks to the human experience in the here and now. Its creator is absolutely the real deal.

90
RIOT

Exploring his own internal identity crisis, Sam Fender’s Seventeen Going Under showcases insecurity, socio-political confusion and imposter syndrome against a whirling background of Americana rock.

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.
MickyT
70

Sam Fender's sophomore album 'Seventeen Going Under' is a very solid helping of incredibly well produced Springsteen-inspired Heartland Rock that features very potent songwriting from both a personal and political perspective, and despite its inconsistencies the highs on this album are too outstanding not to notice.

orangedroog65
99

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

Zaias
100

Incredible underrated, just finished listening to it and it feels like something that were made exclusively to me, lyricism is perfect and his voice is stonishing, if I could superimpose my 2021's aoty album I'd pick this perfection!

Johntheboy
60

The album has a cool sound and vibe to it but sam fender fails to make it interesting in any way, very boring overall...

JayCrackers
80

Sam Fender's sophomore album sees generally improves from his debut, from the production being better and cleaner, Sam Fender's songwriting skills have improved to create not only catchy songs but one with potent lyrics and themes and a more consisten tracklist for a very strong heartland rock album which may be reminiscent of other artist but it is a welcome one

Track Review

Seventeen Going Under 9.5/10
Getting Started 8/10
Aye 8.5/10.
Get You Down 8.5/10.
Long Way Off 8/10
Spit Of You ... read more

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Track List

1Seventeen Going Under
4:57
91
2Getting Started
3:09
82
3Aye
3:06
74
4Get You Down
4:23
84
5Long Way Off
3:49
83
6Spit Of You
4:33
83
7Last To Make It Home
5:21
80
8The Leveller
4:01
77
9Mantra
4:16
78
10Paradigms
3:45
76
11The Dying Light
3:57
84
Total Length: 45 minutes
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Added on: July 7, 2021