Review: Sucker Punch by Sigrid

Sucker Punch by SigridUsually when we talk about a record being a throwback to the past it’s to the times when, at least according to the older ones, “real” music was made. You know, some Motown licks, or maybe some Americana. It’s not the sort of thing you say about albums that are, at the very least, informed by the bubblegum pop of the 90s, both in sound and in themes, but I’ll sort of do just that for Sigrid’s debut. Sure, Sucker Punch updates everything with the post-millennial sensibility that I don’t get most times, but it manages to feel familiar and comforting, and also with one foot forward, as is the demand of today’s pop artists. But it doesn’t quite show that early on: while the first half is strong on individual merits, it’s not until “Don’t Stop Me Crying”, with its achievable call to arms surrounded by a gentler yet assertive accompaniment – still mostly today’s electro-pop, I must add – that it all makes sense. Lately it feels that, to be a successful pop star, you have to be very much in your face whether it be in the sound or in the themes. (Aesthetipop set to “real” lyrics is a template I’ve seen over and over again.) Sigrid somewhat eschews all that and goes for something more difficult: something that straddles the line. It works. [NB]4/5

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