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Sam Fender – “Seventeen Going Under” Album Review

A competent, clean and coming-of-age tale for Sam’s sophomore album.


Candid tellings with thoughtful lyric-work interlaced with anthemic guitar tonalities, Sam Fender’s journey to the promised land is a rarity in the fact that he had little resistance to the top. His artistry is yet another reason why being yourself and writing what you love goes a long way.


Raw and slick in places, Sam’s self-affirmation of himself comes in top trumps through his lyrical prowess as he learns and reflects back on his growth.

“I was far too scared to hit him
But I would hit him in a heartbeat now
That’s the thing with anger
It begs to stick around”

Charting European tours with his ever-equivalent chart-topping debut, Fender has brought amass following along for the ride. First, the cascading of Hypersonic Missiles on the industry, now we have a more pertinent story drawn up from social and generational significance we face in the world right now – Seventeen Going Under.

With a more laid-back affair with self-titled issue, Seventeen Going Under, bitter-sweet fondness of Spit Of You and drawing attention to social affairs in the capital, Long Way Off, Seventeen Going Under is an eclectic blend of Fender’s best and most professional discussions to date.

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2 replies on “Sam Fender – “Seventeen Going Under” Album Review”

Had not heard this album, but based on your recommendation, I’m now giving it a listen. It was instant love with the fabulous title track ‘Seventeen Going Under’ (I wasted no time placing that song on my Top 100 Songs of 2021 list). As this ambitious album unfolds, I’m liking every track, and am now a Sam Fender fan. You’ve got great taste in music Alex!

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