SOHN - Rennen
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Based on 15 reviews
2017 Ratings: #574 / 717
User Score
Based on 114 ratings
2017 Ratings: #497
January 13, 2017 / Release Date
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4AD / Label
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The Skinny

Rennen is more thought-provoking than its predecessor, but it's still unmistakably SOHN.

Loud and Quiet
‘Rennen’’s restraint is also its saviour.
The 405

SOHN doesn’t drown on Rennen, nor does he tread water, sticking within the confines of the music he’s already created. Rennen is SOHN diving into new creative depths, and triumphing.


It’s a follow-up that interlocks with the debut perfectly, building on its foundation both lavish and coy, doing pop music that’s both bang on target and way too wise for the charts.

The Line of Best Fit

Taylor has a great voice and there’s some fine writing to be found right across this, but Rennen is definitely most compelling when it forgets about the song and just lets go, throwing arms up to the speaker stacks and letting the sweat flow down.


This genuine effort is truly appealing and needles to say, the world needs artists and producers of Sohn’s magnitude.


There are a few misadventures to be sure, particularly early on in the album, but if you are able to look past these you will find that Rennen still has plenty to offer.


It does seem that the only sign of maturity and progression is in the lyrics, leaving the song structures and melodies feeling a little too familiar. Either way you look at it, Sohn hasn't exactly reinvented the wheel here.

God Is in the TV

Rennen is genuinely an album of two halves; a mixture of sublime production and a rather frustrating wail-inflected vocal which can be off-putting.

On ‘Rennen’, he takes a step back from the intensity of life that ensued following his debut, favouring isolation when he sat down to pen its follow up. The results create a spectrum that spans from stunning to forgettable.
Drowned in Sound
SOHN spent a month recording the album alone, adopting a nocturnal schedule and the whole record has been infused with the sounds and feelings of nighttime. But sometimes you start to wonder if SOHN himself was falling asleep at some points.
The Independent

The busier things get, the less engaging they seem.

Pretty Much Amazing

It’s well-produced, clean and unobjectionable. Rennen fits this bill nicely, if that’s what you’re looking for. But regardless of whether it’s something you want, it’s nothing you need.

The Guardian
Despite his obvious production chops, Sohn the popstar seems merely an uninspiring iteration of the current trend for singing an irritatingly affected brand of the blues.
Edit: I want to lower this a bit because after 2 months, it's definitely not worth a 6.

I went into this album having a bit of high expectations because I really liked his debut. Sadly, this isn't as good and of course not any better. Well, I wouldn't say I was completely disappointed, but this felt to me like a step backwards; Even though some songs show SOHN has developed as a producer, to me these were only 4 songs. The other 6 tracks, 3 of them were okay and the other 3 felt like fillers. ... read more
It doesn't seem to dig very deep anymore, but it's still an impressive compilation from A musical perspective.
The sophomore album from SOHN keeps their mellow dream pop-oriented style going strong. Not only is the artwork pleasing, but so is the music. As a whole, the album flows smoothly and has a range from upbeat, danceable songs, to chilled, more relaxed tracks.
The final track on this album was what really sold me on this album. It shows the true technical ability and musical skill of SOHN. It encompasses the grand idea of the album perfectly, with soothing, low vocals in the beginning, and then ... read more
Too many vocal oddities and dead spots got in the way of this being a sonic masterpiece, but the sound did set a nice relaxing tone that never faltered despite the lack of important musical moments. My Score: 112/180 (Okay) = 62/100
I thought instrumentally this was an interesting listen, but vocally this guy is incredibly bland to me. He sounds like a knock-off james blake in pretty much every way. In fact this album reminds me very heavily of the debut James Blake album, only way less daring, captivating or diverse. I think he's definitely got a lot of potential though, and I credit him for putting out an album that's brief and to the point, but I can't say I was too amazed by it. Still though I did get a few solid ... read more
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Track List

  1. Hard Liquor
  2. Conrad
  3. Signal
  4. Dead Wrong
  5. Primary
  6. Rennen
  7. Falling
  8. Proof
  9. Still Waters
  10. Harbour
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