Untitled (Rise)

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Untitled (Rise)
A black cover with a photograph of two black hands praying
Studio album by
Released18 September 2020 (2020-09-18)
GenreRhythm and blues
LabelForever Living Originals
Sault chronology
Untitled (Black Is)
Untitled (Rise)

Untitled (Rise) is the fourth studio album from British rhythm and blues musical group Sault. The album has been met with positive critical reception.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Beats Per Minute81%[3]
The Guardian[5]
Louder Than War[6]

Untitled (Rise) received universal acclaim reviews from critics noted at review aggregator Metacritic. It has a weighted average score of 93 out of 100, based on six reviews.[1] Alexis Petridis of The Guardian gave the album five out of five stars, saying that Sault had released the best album of the year again, following Untitled (Black Is) and points out the exceptional musicianship, writing that the album "hardly yields highlights because the quality never wavers: whoever’s involved, it feels like they’ve been galvanised to the top of their game".[5] Jem Aswad of Variety accentuates how timely the work is, with the worldwide response to the George Floyd protests and struggles of black peoples in the United States and United Kingdom, writing, "Sault seduces listeners, drawing them in with beautiful sounds, and then hits them with uncompromisingly direct lyrics and messages that startle them into thinking about things they might not normally think about... [their music] is definitively 2020, by, for and about these times".[8] In Clash, Robin Murray gave this album nine out of 10, also noting how the lyrics discuss contemporaneous issues, noting the diverse musical influences, from Brazilian rhythm to 1980s "boogie shimmer".[4] Jeremy Monroe of Beats Per Minute scored this 81 out of 100, calling listening to Untitled (Rise) a "thrilling experience" with a spiritual dimension.[3] Gordon Rutherford of Louder Than War gave this 4.5 out of five bombs, calling it a "another stab at winning the award for album of the year", following Untitled (Black Is).[6] Reviewing the album for AllMusic, Andy Kellman felt that it was Sault's "most striking and affecting work yet."[2]

In 2021, the album was shortlisted for 'Album of the Year', by the Mercury Prize Awards.[9]


Accolades for Untitled (Rise)
Issuer Listing Rank
AllMusic[10] AllMusic Best of 2020 N/A
The Guardian[11] The 50 Best Albums of 2020 25
Mojo[12] 75 Best Albums of 2020 52
Rough Trade[13] Albums of the Year 2020 1
Stereogum[14] The 50 Best Albums of 2020

Track listing[edit]

4."I Just Want to Dance"4:21
5."Street Fighter"3:09
6."Son Shine"3:16
7."Rise Intently"0:50
8."The Beginning & The End"3:38
10."You Know It Ain't"3:26
12."No Black Violins in London"1:28
13."Scary Times"3:39
14."The Black & Gold"3:04
15."Little Boy"3:52
Total length:50:47



  • Kadeem Clarke
  • Dean Josiah "Inflo" Cover
  • Cleopatra "Cleo Sol" Nikolic
  • Melisa Young


  1. ^ a b "Untitled (Rise) by Sault". Metacritic. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Untitled (Rise) – Sault". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  3. ^ a b Monroe, Jeremy (15 October 2020). "Album Review: SAULT Untitled (Rise)". Beats Per Minute. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  4. ^ a b Murray, Robin (21 September 2020). "Sault Untitled (Rise)". Clash. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  5. ^ a b Petridis, Alexis (17 September 2020). "Sault: Untitled (Rise) Review – Mystery Collective Make Best Album of 2020, Again". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  6. ^ a b Rutherford, Gordon (11 October 2020). "Sault: Untitled (Rise)". Louder Than War. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  7. ^ Jessica Kariisa (December 24, 2020). "SAULT: Untitled (Black Is) / Untitled (Rise) Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 1, 2021.
  8. ^ Aswad, Jem (18 September 2020). "Sault's Untitled (Rise) Seduces Listeners with Sumptuous R&B, Then Startles with Powerful Messaging". Variety. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  9. ^ "2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize 'Albums of the Year' revealed..." mercuryprize.com. Retrieved July 25, 2021.
  10. ^ "The 50 Best of 2020". AllMusic. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  11. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2020: the Full List". The Guardian. December 18, 2020. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  12. ^ "75 Best Albums of 2020". Mojo. London, England, United Kingdom (326): 40. January 2021. ISSN 1351-0193.
  13. ^ "Albums of the Year 2020". Rough Trade. November 10, 2020. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  14. ^ "The 50 Best Albums Of 2020". Stereogum. December 1, 2020. Retrieved December 3, 2020.

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