Release Date: Sep 20, 2019
Record label: Island
The Swedish star, who made her name with her suggestive lyrics, thrills with a fourth album that features Kylie Minogue and host of killer hooks It's been six years since Tove Lo released sad banger 'Habits (Stay High)', the hazy, self-destructive break-up bop that soared up the charts, won awards and exposed the Swedish artist to an international audience. The sparse production and brazen lyrics (the song opens, “I eat my dinner in my bathtub, then I go to sex clubs / Watchin’ freaky people gettin’ it on”) were edgy, fresh and exciting. And these are all things Tove Lo has remained in the years that have followed - just look at the pandemonium caused when she played a tiny NME gig in London last week.
Tove Lo got big by breaking herself. She topped the charts with the stark, corrosive imagery of first hit, 2014's "Habits (Stay High)": vomiting in bathtubs, trapping her mind in a haze. Self-destruction has paved the way for self-care in much of mainstream female pop; you're less likely to hear a woman on the radio brushing her teeth with a bottle of Jack than you are to hear her describing her skincare routine.
After the darkness and uncertainty of the Lady Wood and BLUE LIPS years -- which included vocal cord surgery and romantic turmoil -- Tove Lo brings her music into the light with Sunshine Kitty. As with her other releases, its title is significant. Not only does Sunshine Kitty signify Lo's move to Los Angeles, it reflects a more lighthearted take on the pussy power she defined on her earlier work.
Tove Lo's fourth album, Sunshine Kitty, offers a surprising progression for the Swedish synth-pop singer. Sure, she's no stranger to radio hits, but past songs like "Habits (Stay High)" or "Cool Girl," although catchy, felt like the product of a record label. She was situated somewhere in between Carly Rae Jepsen's tween bubblegum pop and Miley Cyrus's hypersexual shock value. With Sunshine Kitty, she's starting to make a bit more sense. The album's first full-length track (after a short instrumental intro), "Glad He's Gone" is a ….