Fake Sugar
Beth Ditto - Fake Sugar
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2017 Rank: #420 / 628
User Score
Based on 25 ratings
June 16, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Virgin / Label
Pop Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Line of Best Fit
The Gossip may currently be no more, but with Ditto's solo album, we have a replacement that fills the void.
80
Loud and Quiet
Ditto has called it her “southern record” but, while the country-blues closer ‘Clouds’ fits this description, it could more accurately be labeled her ’80s one.
80
The Guardian
Fake Sugar doesn’t make it much clearer what kind of pop star Ditto wants to be – but she’s one to be strutted to, at the very least.
80
DIY

‘Fake Sugar’ paints Ditto as a more diverse, often even restrained artist than the larynx-shredding punk aggressor of the mid-00s.

80
PopMatters

There’s nothing fake about Ditto anywhere on the album, making Fake Sugar an overwhelmingly welcome return from one of pop music’s greatest vocal talents.

75
Northern Transmissions

While derivative in parts, Fake Sugar is a solid full-length debut for Ditto, which takes parts of her time with Gossip and spins a unique voice all her own out of it.

75
A.V. Club
By embracing her life upheavals, Ditto has forged a bold new musical direction.
70
The 405
If it's a little bit peach fuzz in its weaker moments, stick around for when the big hitters land.
70
Paste
She uses this album to show where’s come from and how she’s changed along the way, balancing the grit and the glitter, combining her glammed up exterior with the fierce combo Riot Grrrl and country girl in her heart.
70
AllMusic

On her solo debut, Fake Sugar, she doesn't try to re-create the magic of her former band; instead, she takes Gossip's defiance in directions that underscore her independence as an artist.

70
Rolling Stone

Ditto's solo debut is a continuation of her former band's evolution from garage-y primitivism to a more polished sound where Ditto's vocals approached a smoother grandeur sometimes akin to Laura Branigan or Adele.

61
Pitchfork

Despite some thin lyrics and odd production choices, it has a few excellent moments.

60
The Skinny

Fake Sugar is a real reinvention for Beth Ditto, but it’s not so much of a reinvention that her signature traits are unrecognisable.

60
The Independent
Beth Ditto’s debut album is a bit of a mixed bag.
60
musicOMH

It’s that smoothing of Ditto’s edges that prevents Fake Sugar from moving from a good, perfectly serviceable pop album to something truly great.

Sep 4, 2017
estevancomn
79
Posso colocar na lista de maiores surpresas de 2017. Fake Sugar é um álbum tranquilo, gostoso e os vocais da Beth Ditto estão no ponto.

Nota: 78 - very good
Favorite tracks: Fire, Fake Sugar, Love In Real Life e Lover.
Jun 21, 2017
plowo
64
Favs: Fire, Fake Sugar, We Could Run and Oh My God.
Jun 19, 2017
PaulyZ
73
TRACK LIST:

Fire (7.5)
In and Out (7.5)
Fake Sugar (7.4)
Savior Faire (6.8)
We Could Run (8.8)
Oo La La (6.5)
Go Baby Go (6.5)
Oh My God (6.7)
Love In Real Life (7.8)
Do You Want Me To (7.0)
Lover (7.7)
Clouds (7.6)
Jun 16, 2017
JohnLouisHoward
41
quite simply, not very good
Track List
  1. Fire
  2. In and Out
  3. Fake Sugar
  4. Savior Faire
  5. We Could Run
  6. Oo La La
  7. Go Baby Go
  8. Oh My God
  9. Love In Real Life
  10. Do You Want Me To
  11. Lover
  12. Clouds


Added on: April 4, 2017