Sucker's Lunch

Madeline Kenney - Sucker's Lunch
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2020 Ratings: #284 / 472
User Score
Based on 35 ratings
2020 Ratings: #440
July 31, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Exclaim!
The music slides along with a relationship to various genres that is curious and sincere while not making a firm commitment to any one, and with a depth and complexity that underlies the gentle waves on the surface.
80
Under The Radar

Kenney continues to show an affinity for songs that soar and swirl with intensity on Sucker’s Lunch. These tracks may come off as understated initially, but there is a layered beauty that shows itself with repeated listens.

80
Beats Per Minute

On Sucker’s Lunch, Kenney presents each song with a fervor only teased on previous outings and she has never sounded more compelling.

78
Paste

Where Wasner previously added playful flourishes to Kenney’s rapturous arrangements, she and Stack here embellish Kenney’s creations with bouncy guitar and synth effects; even the ballads on Sucker’s Lunch overflow with an ebullience at which Perfect Shapes only hinted. This pervasive, abundant joy renders Sucker’s Lunch as Kenney’s best album yet.

74
Pitchfork
Co-produced by Wye Oak, the singer-songwriter’s new album reckons with a past of self-doubt and a present of intense uncertainty in order to shape something like a satisfying future.
70
American Songwriter
Those who dig deeper into Madeline Kenney’s uncertainties about love and affection will relate to the difficulties this process of starting a new serious relationship can be, and how wonderfully these complex and beautifully crafted songs tackle, even obliquely, that thorny subject.
70
AllMusic
If there's no happy ending for the heroine, the album still satisfies with its artful balance of meditation and catharsis.
60
Uncut

Kenney is consistently witty and insightful in her self-deprecating, although the album ... is rarely as memorable musically as it is lyrically.

MarkyC
62
Pleasant but insubstantial guitar-driven indie pop. The music sounds improvised and Kenney's vocals uninterested. With the exception of "Picture of You" and "Sucker" which have a few surprising touches that make them memorable, the album may completely pass you by.
ThatOtherGuy
74
Sucker's Lunch may seem like just another indie pop album on the surface, but Madeline throws in some refreshing musical angles that are easy to miss. With these angles, she adds a whole lotta texture to this one, allowing for an exciting indie album.
Jamobo
70
Sucker's Lunch is Madeline Kenney's 3rd project, a dreamy piece of Indie-Rock and Pop that will likely go under the radar of many people

I haven't much experience with Kenney's work as this is my introduction to her, but having 2 members of Wye Oak helping out with several of the instruments, including the bass and drums, and helping with production certainly sets up a little expectation. There are also several guest musicians/vocalists, most notably Steven Steinbrick who provides vocals and ... read more
ahmedabas97
68
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7.5-10, i can't identify a single food in this cover unles the shrimp
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Track List

  1. Sugar Sweat
  2. Picture of You
  3. Jenny
  4. Tell You Everything
  5. Sucker
  6. Double Hearted
  7. CUT THE REAL
  8. Be That Man
  9. White Window Light
  10. Sweet Coffee
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Added on: May 19, 2020