I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Sigrid is pops brightest star, and debut album, Sucker Punch, is a near-perfect attempt at claiming that crown.
I’ve been a huge fan of Sigrid since her first single, “Don’t Kill My Vibe,” two years ago, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting Sucker Punch more and more with every release, each showing a new side to the electronic-pop brilliance that this Norwegian star pumps out with ease.
This album is easily the best pop album since Carly Rae Jepsen‘s E•MO•TION back in 2015.
A lot of good albums come straight out of the gate with a strong one-two punch of brilliance, this album has a strong one-to-five punch before things slow down.
“Sucker Punch” brings the classic sound we love from the star before “Mine Right Now” delivers an irregular melody that shouldn’t fit, but the way Sigrid races through the verses your mind doesn’t have time to latch onto it before huge synths come crashing in for an explosive chorus.
“Strangers” has been her biggest hit over here in the UK, and alone it’s still one of last years greatest tracks, but on the album, “Don’t Feel Like Crying” comes out on top, the uplifting, almost soundtrack sound of the track brings a carefree nature to the album.
Despite being released two years ago, “Don’t Kill My Vibe” still shines on the record. It encapsulates everything we love about Sigrid, the out of this world high notes, the swirling synths and edgy pop sound that we didn’t know we needed in our lives.
“Business Dinners” and “In Vain” are the weakest tracks on the album, they are no means bad, but they don’t reach the dizzying heights of the rest of the album – although the latter’s final chorus is bloody brilliant.
Sigrid proves over the album that she is a brilliant songwriter, but “Never Mine” takes the piss with its greatness. From the first verse, you’re hooked on the storytelling of how she’s looking back on a relationship that never was, and along with the swirling production that wouldn’t be out of place on E•MO•TION, makes for one of the best tracks on this album.
Sometimes when you listen to an album that’s been teased for a number of years, it can be a huge disappointment as all the best songs have been releases – Sigrid has not succumbed to this and delivers a debut album many could only dream of.
Check out the brilliance of Sigrid below and let us know what you think in the comments!