Album Review: DeQn Sue’s Juggernaut

by Ayanna Jacobs-El

The quirky alternative pop singer-songwriter DeQn Sue (Pronounced: Deacon Sue) released her album Juggernaut a few weeks ago. The colorful artist took a unique promotional approach for this album by releasing each song on the album for 11 consecutive weeks. Each song was only available for one week on her SoundCloud page before it was replaced with the next track off of the album. This was a really cool way to keep interest centered on her upcoming release instead of only releasing 2 or 3 singles. She is currently on a short East Coast tour following her album release.

We first reported on DeQn Sue this summer while she was still in the promotional phase of her album. If you missed that article click here to get a little background on her. In Juggernaut, DeQn Sue holds the similar individual style she explored on her previous releases (Snack and Idiosyncratic EPs and her 2014 album Zeitgeist). Her music is filled with cute and playful lyrics and catchy melodies (Listen to “Magenta“) that sometimes take on a more serious content such as racial discrimination (See: “Bloody Monster“) and social commentary.

I would recommend listening to all the songs on Juggernaut in order the first time because it has a nice flow and I like how the different song styles are ordered in a complementary way. The album starts out with the upbeat and funky “Starter Adult” about a dreamer with high hopes for the future, but who finds herself living back with her parents after graduating college. I love the crisp horn lines, the groove of this song, and the vocoder effect on some of the lyrics, evoking a retro funk edge.

The next song is “Unicorn” which has awesomely adorable lyrics about self-love and being proud to be one of a kind. On “Piñata,” the more pop sensibilities of “Unicorn” are contrasted with Latin-influenced percussion and a more complex chord progression. “Delivery Girl” is about how people in the customer service industry are seen as invisible and are treated as less important due to their job. “Melanin” is an 80s influenced jam with a great message of self-love about being proud of having dark skin. “Shook Up” is a really fun song with a super catchy hook and production that features a modernized take on Tango music.

My favorite song on Juggernaut is “Messy.” The lyrics are so funny and honest because we all know a person who can’t help spreading rumors or telling your secrets to others. I love how the slick, jazzy keyboard part grooves while Deqn Sue’s lovely voice sings the chorus with the clever lyrics telling off the person spreading her business.

Another of my favorites is the final song “Hello Neighbor.” This is a very personal and sentimental song that is a beautiful way to close a great album. “Hello Neighbor” clearly showcases Deqn Sue’s vocal talent and I love her producer, Kelvin Wooten‘s simply perfect piano accompaniment.

It’s pretty rare for me to like every song on an album but Deqn Sue has crafted an album that is filled with great tracks from start to finish. Juggernaut has so much interesting musical diversity and songs that you can’t help but sing along to. I hope that with this release she is able to reach a wider audience and if you see her coming to a city near you be sure to check out her show!

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About the Author

Ayanna Jacobs-El
Ayanna Jacobs-El is a composer, producer, songwriter, singer, alto and baritone saxophonist, and DJ dual majoring in Contemporary Writing and Production and Professional Music with a minor in Writing for TV and New Media. You can learn more about Ayanna and hear her music by visiting www.ayannajacobsel.com.