Described as an alternative pop artist, Deqn Sue is, certainly for many in the UK, a considerably unknown talent, however thanks to her latest album Juggernaut, that may well change very soon.
The album begins with the upbeat and rather funky (I can’t recall the last time I used that word in a review) “Starter Adult”, which tells the story of a young individual who dreams of a big and bright future, but is brought back to reality as she finds herself back at her family home after finishing college. The rhythm and tempo of the song is what really makes it work, but for an opening number, it’s pretty good all round.
In a world where self-esteem and body image are constantly under scrutiny, largely thanks to the media, “Unicorn” plays like an anthem of sorts, reminding all those who hear it that’s okay – and great – to be yourself and to like, even love, who you are.
As someone who works in retail, I related strongly to “Delivery Girl”, written about how sometimes those who work in the customer service sector are deemed almost as second class citizens when compared to those in higher, more managerial positions. “Melanin” meanwhile is another reflection on the power and importance of self-love, though this time more targeted at those with dark skin.
“Messy” is a highlight of the album. With its funny but honest lyrics, directed at someone who can’t keep their mouth shut and who likes to tell tales on – or spill the secrets of – others, the song is a refreshing way of telling off those who really should mind their own business. Closing number “Hello Neighbour” is perhaps the most reflective, sentimental track on the collection, and showcases Deqn Sue’s impressive vocal ability.
Not everyone will like the many sounds and styles Deqn Sue showcases on the album, but, most notably because of “Unicorn” and its positive and powerful message, everyone should hear it.