Sigrid – Sucker Punch

“This! Right!”

Tim: Sigrid says this is her favourite track she’s ever released, and, well, it’s not hard to see why.

Tom: This! Right! You know when you were talking about Great Pop Choruses yesterday? This is the sort of thing I was looking for.

Tim: In an ideal world, of course, we’d lose fourteen seconds of repetition off the end, and this would win Melodifestivalen and storm its way to winning Eurovision six months from now, but this isn’t an ideal world. Admittedly that thought came from me growing a bit tired of said repetition and noticing that it wouldn’t take much to cut this down the three minutes, but still.

Tom: Full marks to the video director, as well — that day-to-night transition’s been done before, but rarely so well. The final sequence, animation and all, is just brilliantly made.

Tim: It really is. The song as a whole isn’t unlike yesterday’s, actually: starts out giving me a slight “oh, this is disappointing”, but then the chorus comes along and blows me right away, because damn, once again that’s a bloody brilliant pop chorus.

Tom: It is, and it’s for the same reason as ever: we’ve heard all these elements before, particularly that chord progression in the chorus, but there’s the right combination of both novelty and familiarity.

Tim: Maybe I’m not so keen on the a cappella part of it, and yeah, we could lose a bit off the end, and also in the video I’d rather the spark fountains went off in time with the music. But that chorus makes up for all of those niggles.

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