Sucker Punch (Sigrid Album)
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Sucker Punch Sigrid Album
Sucker Punch
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Studio album by
Released8 March 2019
Recorded2016-2018
Genre
Length40:23
LabelIsland
Producer
Sigrid chronology
Raw
(2018)
Sucker Punch
(2019)
Singles from Sucker Punch
  1. "Don't Kill My Vibe"
    Released: 10 February 2017
  2. "Strangers"
    Released: 10 November 2017
  3. "Sucker Punch"
    Released: 4 October 2018
  4. "Don't Feel Like Crying"
    Released: 17 January 2019
  5. "Mine Right Now"
    Released: 3 May 2019

Sucker Punch is the debut studio album by Norwegian singer Sigrid, released on 8 March 2019 through Island Records.[4] It follows the release of Sigrid's 2018 EP Raw.[5][6] None of the songs featured on Raw were included on the album, however, two were included from Sigrid's debut EP Don't Kill My Vibe (2017). Sigrid enlisted collaborators Martin Sjølie, Odd Martin Skalnes, Oscar Holter, Askjell Solstrand, Patrik Berger, and Martin Stilling for the album's production. The result was a pop, electropop, and synth-pop record described by music critics as exploring both mainstream and indie pop musical styles.

Sucker Punch was met with positive reviews from music critics. Commercially, the album topped the Norwegian albums chart in its first week, while also reaching the top five in Ireland, Scotland, and the United Kingdom, in addition to attaining modest positions on several European charts. The album has been promoted by the singles "Don't Kill My Vibe", "Strangers", "Sucker Punch", "Don't Feel Like Crying" and "Mine Right Now", as well as the promotional singles "Dynamite" and "Sight of You".

Background

Sigrid rose to international prominence after the release of her hit "Don't Kill My Vibe" in February 2017 and winning the BBC Music Sound of 2018 award in January 2018. Speaking about the album, she stated, "I figured out early on that it's gonna be difficult for me to try and be anything other than who I am. I always said if I'm gonna do this it's easiest to be myself and look like myself, where I can recognise myself."[7] On 31 January 2019, Sigrid revealed the album's track list via Twitter.[8]

Composition

Sucker Punch is a pop,[1][2]electropop,[2] and synth-pop[3] album that has been described as navigating "the space between Top 40 success and indie pop credibility".[9] The album opens with the title track, a power pop number[10] that lyrically is about falling in love without realizing it.[11] Kitty Richardson of The Line of Best Fit called the song a "crush" anthem with "fat synths" and a chorus featuring the singer's falsetto.[2] "Mine Right Now" is a 1980s-inspired[2] song about living in the moment in a relationship without any future.[12][13] "Basic" is an upbeat dance number that leads to a stripped-down, lo-fi bridge containing tender piano chords.[9][2] Lyrically, the song explores themes of uncertainty and self-doubt and has been described as a "vulnerable, imperfect peek behind the curtain".[3] Thomas Smith of NME described the song as a "knowing-nod to her perceived girl-next-door image".[13] Second single "Strangers" is a synth-pop song that has musically been compared to the works of Robyn.[14] "Don't Feel Like Crying" is a break-up anthem composed of orchestral stabs and slick vocal effects,[1][2] which has drawn comparisons to the works of Carly Rae Jepsen.[9] "Level Up" is an indie pop[3] number that contains a delicate acoustic guitar line, preceded by an introduction of violins and succeeded by an unpredictable melody in the chorus.[1][15]

"Sight of You" is an anthem driven by a staccato string section that lyrically discusses "the sea of adoration that awaits [Sigrid] on stage".[2][9] Harriet Linnell, writing for Drowned in Sound, labelled the song "a sequel to ABBA's 'Super Trouper', with similar instrumentation and theme".[15] "In Vain" begins with a "barebones guitar and vocal approach" before leading to an anthemic climax.[9] The song features raw vocals from the singer.[13] "Don't Kill My Vibe" is a pop song[1] containing "crashing carnival drums, frantic claps and Sigrid's fearless holler".[2] The song was lyrically inspired by the singer's experiences feeling belittled by producers during a writing session.[12] "Business Dinners" was written as a response to an experience meeting with labels in London when Sigrid was a teenager.[12] Musically, the song contains "heavy-handed" production.[15] "Never Mine" is a synth-led lament about a past relationship.[12] Kitty Richardson of The Line of Best Fit referred to it as one of the only "genuinely sad" songs on the album.[2] The album's closing track, "Dynamite", is an introspective piano ballad[15][13] about the "realization that self-worth is more important than a failing relationship".[3]

Singles

"Don't Kill My Vibe" was released as the lead single from the album on 10 February 2017.[16] It was also included on the singer's debut EP of the same name.[17] Commercially, it reached number 28 in the singer's home country.[18] Outside of Norway, the song reached the top twenty in Scotland.[19]

"Strangers" was released as the second single on 10 November 2017. The song reached number one in Croatia and Scotland,[20][21] while peaking within the top ten of the charts in Ireland, Norway, and the United Kingdom.[22][23][24]

The album's title track was released as the third single on 4 October 2018.[25] It reached number 12 in Norway.[26]

"Don't Feel Like Crying" was released on 17 January 2019 to be the fourth single from the album. "There's a certain grace to heartache," said Sigrid. "A sort of... epic grace! I like good, heartfelt pop songs."[27] Commercially, it reached the top thirty in Norway and the top 20 in the UK, Scotland and Ireland.[28][29]

On 3 May 2019, "Mine Right Now" was released as the fifth single from the album.[30] In June, the music video for the song was released; due to flight issues, Sigrid wasn't able to star appear in the music video, so the director, Max Siedentopf, starred in the video.[31][32] A vertical video focuses on the singer was released on 25 July 2019[33] and the fan art video on 21 August 2019.[34]

Promotional singles

"Dynamite" was released as the album's first promotional single on 28 April 2017. It was included on Sigrid's debut extended play Don't Kill My Vibe (2017).[17]

"Sight of You" was released on 28 February 2019 as the album's second promotional single, one week before the album's release.[35]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic78/100[36]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Clash8/10[1]
DIY3.5/5 stars[12]
Drowned in Sound8/10[15]
Exclaim!7/10[9]
The Line of Best Fit10/10[2]
NME4/5 stars[13]
Pitchfork6.0/10[37]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[38]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 78, based on 16 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[36] Robin Murray, writing for Clash, rated the album eight stars out of ten, calling the album a "compact, concise display of pop ambition, a finely balanced feat that puts the Norwegian talent's innate abilities against her desire to stretch, to uncover something new".[1] Kitty Richardson of The Line of Best Fit, rated the album ten out of ten and wrote that the album "radiate[s] her particular brand of empowerment: not the sweeping, air-punching kind we might expect from her counterparts, but a more modest commitment to self-love - especially when life throws its inevitable right hooks".[2] Rating the album four stars out five, Neil Yeung of AllMusic called Sucker Punch "a masterful debut from a promising talent unafraid to just be herself".[3]

Thomas Smith, writing for NME, rated the album four stars out of five and stated the record "doesn't feel like a meticulously choreographed and cunning plot to make Sigrid a International Pop Superstar". He concluded his review by calling the album "a marvellous cap on a two-year campaign that did just about everything right". Harriet Linnell, writing for Drowned in Sound, rated the album eight stars out of ten, praising Sigrid for "[carving] out her own sonic niche". She additionally called Sucker Punch an "eclectic, original yet incredibly memorable first record".[15] Rachel Finn, writing for DIY, described the album as "full of swooping, dramatic choruses and clean-cut vocals, where almost every song is a potential radio hit--only that's not a bad thing". She then rated the album 3.5 stars out of 5.[12] Brad Garcia of Exclaim! rated the record 7 out of 10, stating "though it may seem as though she's yet to fully embrace her uniqueness in mainstream spaces, there are plenty of moments on Sucker Punch that suggest Sigrid is on her way".[9]

Year-end lists
Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Uproxx The 35 Best Pop Albums of 2019
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Track listing

Adapted from iTunes and Sigrid's Twitter.[40][41]

No.TitleWriter(s)ProducerLength
1."Sucker Punch"
  • Sjølie
  • Odd Martin Skalnes
3:14
2."Mine Right Now"
  • Raabe
  • Schwartz
  • Sjølie
  • Sjølie
  • Skalnes
3:23
3."Basic"
  • Sjølie
  • Skalnes
3:37
4."Strangers"
  • Raabe
  • Sjølie
Sjølie3:53
5."Don't Feel Like Crying"
Holter2:37
6."Level Up"
  • Raabe
  • Schwartz
  • Sjølie
  • Sjølie
  • Skalnes
2:17
7."Sight of You"Solstrand3:57
8."In Vain"Solstrand4:07
9."Don't Kill My Vibe"
  • Raabe
  • Sjølie
Sjølie3:04
10."Business Dinners"
  • Berger
  • Stilling
2:48
11."Never Mine"
  • Raabe
  • Parmenius
  • Sjølie
Sjølie3:38
12."Dynamite"
Solstrand3:51
Total length:40:23

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[60] Silver 60,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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