SAM FENDER – ” Hypersonic Missiles “

Posted: December 19, 2021 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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Sam Fender’s debut album Hypersonic Missiles is made up of 13 songs with lasting impressions. The shooting star writes with a mixture of observation and anger at the modern day world, creating genius lyrics and game changing music that will stay relevant for many years to come.

Amid last year’s initial lockdown and being forced off the road, Sam Fender used his time shielding to address personal problems he’d bandaged over for a decade. The result was “Seventeen Going Under“, on which the 27-year-old stakes his claim for being an essential voice in modern Britain.

A towering step up from his debut, “Hypersonic Missiles”, Fender ditched the social commentary impetus of his first album and switched the microscope on himself for the reflective sophomore effort. On “Seventeen Going Under“, the North Shields singer delivers a brutally honest recount of his formative years while carving out euphoric rock from the darkest of subject matters.

‘The Dying Light’ offers up the album’s most poignant moment as Fender’s vulnerability showcases him at his most defenceless, as he weeps, “But I’m alone here, Even though I’m physically not, And those dead boys are always there, There’s more every year,” before later adding, “I must repel thе dying light, For Mam and Dad and all my pals, For all the ones who didn’t make the night.”

Sam Fender performs ‘The Borders’ live, exclusively for Vevo LIFT.

Though Sam Fender’s origins are deeply rooted in northern England, his sound is more heartland rock, as evinced on his debut album, Hypersonic Missiles, which hit No.1 in the UK. Like his patron saint Bruce Springsteen, the 22-year-old singer-songwriter infuses working-class tales with emotional intelligence and eschews typical lovelorn ballads for decidedly woke pub rock hits.

With nary an acoustic guitar in sight, Fender’s anthemic tunes tackle everything from toxic masculinity (‘Dead Boys’) to politics (‘Hypersonic Missiles’) and one-night stands (‘Will We Talk)’. Having cut his teeth on the pub circuit for seven years, his success is anything but overnight, while his DIY approach sets him apart from the latest wave of everyman troubadours

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