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Sigrid’s debut album will hit you like a ‘sucker punch’

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The best song on the entire album,

Jacqueline Sumida

The best song on the entire album, "Don't Feel Like Crying."

Norweigan-born pop newcomer Sigrid released her debut album “Sucker Punch” on March 5, 2019.

Sigrid has released two EPs, Don’t Kill My Vibe in 2017 and Raw in 2018 to moderate success while the only reason that I remember her singing Everybody Knows for the dumpster fire that was 2017’s “Justice League” movie. Surprisingly, she actually killed it with her debut.

Every song is unique to itself and while they might have similar themes, they all work together beautifully. The title track combines sharp electronics from both the higher and lower ranges, giving the track a lot of momentum and speed as it runs into a much more fluid chorus. Sigrid’s vocals drag in and out of motion, while the cutting pre-chorus completely contradicts the solid movement of both the verses and chorus.

“Strangers” runs along the same vein as “Sucker Punch,” with the instrumental movement is the exact same except with harder treble and bass piano to punctuate the start of the chorus. The real highlight is the completely belted chorus, raw emotions about lust and the consequences that come with it. Sigrid’s voice echoes against the danceable track.

In my opinion Don’t Feel Like Crying is the best song on the entire album. It encapsulates how sometimes you don’t need to cry to feel better, and it sounds perfect. While using soft electronics and sharp violins, all of the lyrics crawl over this symphony until it fades to only the Norweigan singing, crying over and over again into a blackout.

Most of the songs on this album speak about love, dealing with it and getting over it, yet Mine Right Now sounds way different from the rest. Sigrid shouts “Hey, it’s all right if we don’t end up together/’Cause you’re mine right now,” causing me to rethink everything I thought about how I treat my relationships.

“Business Dinners” is a track about being yourself disguised as somewhat of an electronic ska remix, blending the funky beat of classic ska and the electronic synth of the modern age. This is a perfect walking track, the kind of strutting down the street pretending to be in a music video type of vibe. It’s the most powerful and shortest song on the entire album.

No album is complete without an emotional ballad, and Sigrid delivers with the song Dynamite. She paints the polar opposites of love, red and blue, leaving and staying, mountains and dynamite, to set a scene of heartbreak supported only by an old piano. I guarantee that you will sob listening to this at least once, maybe not on the first listen but at some point.

While currently touring as the supporting act to George Ezra, the Budapest guy, on his UK tour, she’s gearing up for her own European tour soon after. With this solid debut, she could end up breaking in the states in no time, winning over armies of loyal fans with one song. In the end this album really did hit me like a “Sucker Punch”.

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