Island Records – March 8th

Waiting for Sigrid Raabe’s debut album has felt much like the run-up to Shura’s; a real-deal pop artist dangling elusive treasure for more than two years. There’s risk of not delivering when the time comes – but Sigrid’s outdone herself. Sure, the inclusion of pop behemoth ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ and her UK top 10 hit ‘Strangers’ in the tracklist was always going to provide a safety net. These tracks, however, don’t necessarily eclipse a host of thrilling, fresh material. ‘Basic’, ‘Never Mine’, ‘Sucker Punch’ and ‘Mine Right Now’ are all immediate earworms: a sugar rush of snap-clap synths and the Norwegian artist’s zesty vocal whoops. Some trite lyrics and a misstep on normcore-pop track ‘Don’t Feel Like Crying’ notwithstanding, Sucker Punch is an absolute triumph.

Buy: Sigrid – Sucker Punch

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