Sucker Punch Album is by Sigrid, the Norwegian singer-songwriter. Her debut album was released on the 8th of March 2019 under the record label Island Records, part of Universal Music Group.
Featuring twelve tracks, it is a mixture of pop, electropop and synth-pop. The album was produced by Martin Sjølie, Odd Martin Skalnes, Oscar Holter, Askjell Solstrand, Patrik Berger, and Martin Stilling.
Lyrically, the songs are about friendship, relationships and self-doubt. Upon release, the Sucker Punch album received positive reviews from music critics. Writing for British music magazine NME, Thomas Smith awarded it four out of a possible five stars. He wrote that the album was ” laden with potential chart bangers “, adding that Segrid’s debut was ” flexing the edgier side of her likeable pop persona “.
Reviewing the album for the British newspaper The Guardian, Rachel Aroesti gave a three-star rating. She did like Segrid’s first album but felt the ” songs rarely venture beyond the tried and tested limits of latter-day dance-pop “.
The lead single, ” Don’t Kill My Vibe “, was released on the 10th of February 2017. It was written by Sigrid and Martin Sjølie, who also acted as producer.
The Norwegian songwriter and producer is based in his home country of Norway but works extensively in the United Kingdom. Along with Sigrid, Martin Sjølie has worked with a variety of recording artists including Sam Smith, Rachel Stevens, Lindsay Logan and Maria Mena, the award-winning Norwegian pop singer.
The single has been certified 2xPlatinum in Norway and Silver in the United Kingdom. Sales, including streaming, are over twelve million and two hundred thousand, respectively.
” Don’t Kill My Vibe ” peaked at number twenty-eight in Norway, with the highest chart position in New Zealand at number four.
In the United Kingdom, the single entered the UK Singles Chart on the 23rd of February 2017 and peaked at number sixty-two. It spent seven weeks in the Top 100.
In Scotland, it reached number twenty, eighty-five in Australia, ninety-four in the Czech Republic and 147 in France.
The Sucker Punch album has become a commercial success for Sigrid. In her native Norway, it topped the VG-Lista Chart.
In the United States, the album has reached number three on the Billboard Hitseekers Albums and ninety on the Top Albums charts.
In the United Kingdom, the album entered the UK Albums Chart on the 21st of March 2019 and peaked at number four. It spent one week in the Top Ten and thirteen in the Top 100. The album also reached number four in Ireland and Scotland.
The Sucker Punch album peaked at number fifty-seven in Sweden, fifty-four in Switzerland, sixty-three in Germany and thirty-three in Holland.
In Belgium, it reached thirty-four in Flanders but in Wallonia only made 151.
Sigrid Solbakk Raabe was born on the 5th of September 1996 in the town of Ålesund, Møre og Romsdal County, Norway.
When she was younger, Sigrid was inspired musically by Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Adele. She formed her first band with her older sister Johann called Sala Says Mhyp, after her cat Sala.
Her music career began in 2013 when she released her debut single ” Sun “, which brought attention to her in her native Norway.
In 2014, Sigrid signed a record deal with Petroleum Records, the Oslo based label that is also home to Aurora, Sondre Justad and Bigbang. That same year she started performing at various festivals up and down the country.
Later, in 2016, Sigrid signed a deal with Island Records and released her debut single with the label ” Don’t Kill The Vibe “.
The Extended Play gave her a taste of success outside of her native Norway when it made the charts in several countries, including the United Kingdom.
In 2018, Sigrid won the BBC Music Sound of, the annual BBC poll where music industry leaders find the hottest new talent.
To date, Sigrid’s Album releases are one studio, two Extended Plays, nine singles and seven music videos.
As a multi-award-winning recording artist, Sigrid has won one European Border Breakers Award ( EBBA ), one BBC Sound of 2018, one Spellemannprisen ’17 and two P3 Gull ( P3 Gold in English is an award ceremony run by NRK P3, the Norwegian radio station )
Sucker Punch Album Track Listing:
1. Sucker Punch
2. Mine Right Now
5. Don’t Feel Like Crying
6. Level Up
7. Sight of You
8. In Vain
9. Don’t Kill My Vibe
10. Business Dinners
11. Never Mine