• Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: Dec 16, 2014
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
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  1. 91
    Sucker is pop-punk, radically redefined and dragged, middle fingers waving, into the future.
  2. Dec 9, 2014
    90
    Perhaps more than any other young hitmaker, Charli has a sound that is distinctively her own, despite the murderers' row of producer-songwriters onboard.
  3. Her melodies are always on point and her voice is as strong and confident as ever, a very large and noticeable step up from the teenage True Romance.
  4. 83
    Sucker’s greatest musical weapon is Aitchison’s voice--a posh, melodramatic caterwaul that will encourage either adoration or virulent hatred for all of its full-throated, Union Jack swagger.
  5. Feb 10, 2015
    80
    For all its instant appeal, this is for the most part an album that eschews pop convention. After years of being synonymous with the prefix ‘ft.’ Charli XCX has found her voice.
  6. This year’s first great pop record bowls in with a rapturous celebration of the genre's rebellious, trashy potential (and a bottle of champagne and a pocketful of pills to boot).
  7. Jan 5, 2015
    80
    Sucker is a one-two punch of wit and grit, as irreverently bratty as the lollipop Charli holds on the cover yet never impersonal, perfunctory, or insincere.
  8. Dec 17, 2014
    80
    Sucker is no retro gesture: Charli runs the album's rock & roll guitars and attitude through enough distressed digital production and thumb-type vernacular to make this the first fully updated iteration of punk pop in ages.
  9. Dec 16, 2014
    80
    It succeeds as an introduction to Charli XCX the Pop Star while retaining her whip-smart songwriting and attitude.
  10. Dec 15, 2014
    80
    The music is brash and glossy, but its attack is varied and full of clever moments.
  11. Dec 15, 2014
    80
    Someone needed to author the aural equivalent of the body shot, and Charli XCX has provided the platonic ideal of just that: a party album charged equally with punkish rebellion, hip-hop cool, and pop universality.
  12. Dec 15, 2014
    80
    Sucker is just an exceptionally good pop album.
  13. Dec 11, 2014
    80
    Finally, a top 40 album that attempts to capture the restless energy of recent times and spit it out in a way that doesn't just feel good, but honest, too.
  14. Dec 9, 2014
    80
    This collection’s predecessor, 2013’s ‘True Romance’, showcased an artist willing to take on the pop world. Sucker finds that same, singular performer rewriting the rules entirely, never mind breaking any, and beating pop at its own game.
  15. Dec 17, 2014
    76
    Sucker, for all its charms, occasionally comes off as one-dimensional. But there were few records this year as sparkly and blindingly colorful, with production values that revel in excess and a mischievous spirit that rivals the best of Charli’s rebellious, sexually adventurous forebears.
  16. Dec 12, 2014
    76
    It's not her finest work, but it's plenty good enough to rope a cohort of new fans into what's promising to be one hell of a creative ride.
  17. Dec 16, 2014
    72
    For all her bratty star power, Charli XCX’s purest magic lies in the intimate--not the irreverent.
  18. Dec 15, 2014
    70
    A damn fine album from Charli XCX, one that doesn't waste any time getting to the sugary center of the London chanteuse's signature dance pop.
  19. Dec 12, 2014
    70
    More than a dozen collaborators--including Ariel Pink, Ariel Rechtshaid and Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij--helped realize these 14 tracks, but their voices never overshadow Aitchison, who is finally given the spotlight she's rightfully earned.
  20. 67
    She’s successfully roping punk into pop and laughing her way to the top.
  21. Dec 16, 2014
    67
    There’s maturity and depth to the songwriting and production on that track that suggest a way forward for Charli XCX, and coupled with the other hits on the record, make Sucker an accomplished, if fitful listen.
  22. Feb 12, 2015
    60
    If her songwriting occasionally misfires, churning out stuff that’s indistinguishable from every other indistinguishable song on the Radio 1 playlist--the Rita Ora feature Doing It is a case in point--it’s frequently dead on target.
  23. Q Magazine
    Jan 7, 2015
    60
    Refreshingly free of focus-grouped compromises, Sucker is certainly full of character. It's just that the character is a cartoon. [Feb 2015, p.114]
  24. Uncut
    Jan 7, 2015
    60
    It's a shouty, attitudinal set that connects Ke$ha to Britney Spears and Cyndi Lauper. [Feb 2015, p.75]
  25. Dec 18, 2014
    60
    So much of the album winds up repeating itself thematically that despite the giddy sugar rush one feels when overloaded with hooks like these, a surprising amount of the songs here don’t have that much staying power, especially during the disc’s final stretch.
  26. Dec 15, 2014
    60
    Sucker is better when Charli has a bite.
  27. Sucker ends up monochromatic, but that only helps Charli hone a persona. If the one here doesn’t exactly make her the new Joe Strummer, it does suggest a British answer to Kesha. She’s the likable brat of the hour.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 342 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 43 out of 342
  1. Dec 16, 2014
    10
    A really good pop rock album mimicking the 80's with all the glitzy, glamorous and wild fun emanating from the pretty good guitar work (for aA really good pop rock album mimicking the 80's with all the glitzy, glamorous and wild fun emanating from the pretty good guitar work (for a pop star), and the brattiness of Charli XCX herself. It is a must-own album. Full Review »
  2. Dec 16, 2014
    4
    It really doesn't look like the first album by Avril Lavigne. Charli XCX said that the people that liked "True Romance", will dislikeIt really doesn't look like the first album by Avril Lavigne. Charli XCX said that the people that liked "True Romance", will dislike "Sucker"... It's true and I'm talking the truth. Charli should do something better. Full Review »
  3. Dec 16, 2014
    10
    Haters should stay away from her, SUCKER is an awesome album who represents all her ideas and concepts with some great pop-punk songs. Paws upHaters should stay away from her, SUCKER is an awesome album who represents all her ideas and concepts with some great pop-punk songs. Paws up for "Doing It", "Breaking Up" and "Die Tonight". Full Review »