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  • Summary: Produced by Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, the third full-length release for the singer-songwriter features contributions from Olivia Gerber, Stephen Steinbrink, Boy Scouts' Taylor Vick, and Lambchop's Kurt Wagner.
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  1. Jul 30, 2020
    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.
  2. Jul 31, 2020
    It is a slow burning album, with Kenney’s immaculate voice and curious instrumentals drawing the listener through her complicated maze of emotion. As the listener draws back the layers of glassy melodies and discordant edges, one finds an intimate testament to love’s inherent contradictions.
  3. Aug 3, 2020
    On Sucker’s Lunch, Kenney presents each song with a fervor only teased on previous outings and she has never sounded more compelling. It will be exciting to see how she continues to shape her sound and identity going forward, but for now, at least, she has served up a delightful feast of music to keep us satiated until that day arrives.
  4. Jul 31, 2020
    Transmutation is the enduring lesson of Kenney’s small catalogue so far: Turn life’s impasses into empathetic rock songs, little anthems for overcoming self-renewing heartache and exhaustion and anxiety. On Sucker’s Lunch, Kenney gets closer to the core of that idea than ever before thanks to sharper writing, stronger hooks, a versatile voice, and a continued partnership with friends who allow her to try new approaches.
  5. Aug 4, 2020
    Her hit rate is a tad more consistent here than it was on Perfect Shapes. It won’t be the most memorable outing you hear this year, but if you’re reading this in anything approaching a wistful funk, there’s a decent chance Sucker’s Lunch might be exactly what your mood calls for.
  6. Jul 30, 2020
    If there's no happy ending for the heroine, the album still satisfies with its artful balance of meditation and catharsis.
  7. Uncut
    Jul 30, 2020
    The album is rarely as memorable musically as it is lyrically. [Sep 2020, p.31]

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