Album Review: Rosie Tucker – Sucker Supreme

We’ve featured some of Rosie Tucker’s songs here quite recently, and I enjoyed them so much that I just knew I had to check out their new album, Sucker Supreme, out. Sucker Supreme is Rosie’s third full release, with the album displaying Rosie’s talents well.

By Jane Howkins

Rosie’s music combines elements of pop, indie, rock and folk together to make something that sounds quite unique at the moment. It does have quite a folky feel to it, but not in a traditional sense – those looking for banjos and accordions might find themselves quite surprised by what is on offer. The folk elements are still there, but Rosie has expanded on their sound more on Sucker Supreme, with plenty of other elements being added into the mix for good measure. Somehow it all sounds much bigger and brighter than anything Rosie had released before, and I really enjoyed this change in style.

Opener Barbara Ann is one of the stand out tracks from the album (I actually did a review of this song quite recently and loved it), so I highly recommend listening to the album in order and going from there. Like a lot of the other songs on offer here, Barbara Ann is a catchy track, but it never sounds manufactured or overly mainstream – it’s the good kind of pop music.

Not every track is as accessible as Barbara Ann though – closing song How Was It? is very different, with the entire piece consisting of random audio glitches and cut up bits of music – it’s an interesting listen, although one that will understandably not be for everyone. It’s great to hear some experimentation going on though, showing that there is much more than Rosie’s songwriting than just writing catchy pop songs. Rosie’s lyrics are great as ever, with some interesting imagery being present in these songs. There are still some political aspects, however Rosie also delves into their personal life at times too.

Despite there being 14 tracks on the album, most of the songs here don’t run over the four minute mark, with each song consisting of a nice, bite-sized chunk of music that is easily digestible – Sucker Supreme is for the most part (excluding How Was It?) quite an easy album to get into, so there isn’t really an excuse for listeners to avoid checking it out. I enjoyed listening to Sucker Supreme greatly and it will likely be entering regular rotation for me – Rosie’s songwriting has matured in ways unimaginable before and whilst the songs here won’t be for everyone, it’s fantastic to hear an artist trying something new.