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The Constant

I Blame Coco

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Album Review

I Blame Coco come by the post-punk, reggae and ska underpinnings evident on their debut album The Constant honestly. After all, the band’s lead singer Eliot Pauline Sumner, a.k.a. Coco, is Sting’s daughter, something that becomes apparent once her smoky, borderline androgynous are heard. Being an alto pop singer already makes Coco something of a rarity among her higher-pitched contemporaries, but her approach is somewhat different as well; neither a ‘60s soul nor a total synth-pop revivalist, she and her band craft something that could be called tomboy pop. Coco’s vocals are the most striking thing about The Constant, but her lyrics are a close second. She has an appealingly off-kilter way of looking at the world that enlivens her music, often using technological metaphors for matters of the heart, as on the charming “Please Rewind” and the single “Selfmachine,” where she sings “this motor that you call my heart/is just another machine that won’t start.” Musically speaking, I Blame Coco are closer to La Roux and Florence and the Machine than to Sting or the Police — “Turn Your Back on Love”’s bright synths and guitars are '80s-tinged but not as contrived as some of the band’s contemporaries, and “Caesar,” which features simpatico artist Robyn as a duet partner, is a standout. However, Coco sounds a lot like her father’s girl on “Summer Rain,” a jazzy, piano-driven ballad. Indeed, much of The Constant finds I Blame Coco trying on different sounds, wanting to make artsy music as much as they want to deliver bona fide hits. While both approaches work well at different times during the album — particularly on “Playwright Fate”’s jubilant choruses and the sultry, ska-inspired “No Smile” — taken together, they feel a bit scattered. Still, The Constant has enough strong moments to make it a promising debut from a group with plenty of confidence, personality and potential.

Customer Reviews


An absolute jewel of an album, I love Coco and I hope she goes really far. Saw her at Reading this year & she was my favourite act. Buy it!!


A friend recommended this and i listened. I love her voice :) It's surreal but gorgeous. Her sound is impressive and purely refreshing! It's so nice to put on and leave on just so you get this feeling of inspiration surging through you. Her voice is just beautiful.

To be honest i really don't think there's a song that i don't like on here. I think the tracks i've played most are In Spirit Golden, Turn Your Back On Love and Caeser because i just love them! However, Selfmachine, Quicker, Please Rewind and Party Bag are just as good, in my opinion. I love all of those. As for the rest, just let them play :)

It's a brilliant album and i can't fault it. I hear that she's signed for up to five albums apparently. I shall proudly follow her like the stalker i am :)

Overall, brilliant album, brilliant sound, brilliant voice and brilliant woman! :D

Excellent Album--BUY NOW

Very happy to be the first to review this album. I have seen Coco live a few times and she is always excellent. This whole album is great (particularly Party Bag and Its about to get worse) it now-you won't be disappointed!


Formed: England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Born in northern Italy on July 30, 1990, Eliot Pauline Sumner received a first-rate musical education from her father, Sting. She grew up in a small village in Wiltshire, England, and kept herself largely removed from the glamour and glitz of her father’s career. By her mid-teens, however, “Coco” Sumner had taken a cue from her dad by composing reggae-flavored songs of her own, many of which were posted...
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The Constant, I Blame Coco
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  • £5.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Dance, Rock
  • Released: 05 November 2010
  • Parental Advisory

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