Who is Maggie Lindemann?
Maggie Lindemann’s Instagram fame fell on her at a young age due to her aesthetic. The Dallas-born future singer-songwriter always had pursuing music on the horizon and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 16. Signing to her first label at 18, they chose to capitalize on what drew people to Maggie in the first place: her good looks. Figuring the bubblegum-pop route would be most successful, her first hit single ironically titled “Pretty Girl” went multi-platinum. But at what cost?
Deep down inside, Lindemann knew this wasn’t what she truly wanted for her artistry. With early rock roots stemming from Avril Lavigne, Flyleaf, and Evanescence, how long could this Instagram model persona that was being pushed on her last?
After a few years, Maggie left her label and launched her own, Swixxzaudio, later dropping singles like “Knife Under My Pillow”, and “she knows it”. Despite the success, her audience worried that this was just a phase. It was clear when she independently released EP “PARANOIA” dropped that pop-punk Maggie was here to stay. A year and a half later, the singer was finally ready to debut her true form with the long-awaited album “SUCKERRPUNCH”, a 15-track project filled with emotion, guitar riffs, and heavy verses.
Dropping 20 short months after her EP, Maggie carefully curated a world where she is finally confident in her sound and could care less who doesn’t like it. Sporting a grimy green cover art, she throws the pretty girl facade in the trash and presents an absolutely carefree, cool girl aesthetic that represents her new musical freedom. Sitting at 40 minutes, Maggie takes us through her pent-up emotional turmoil from over the years.
Review on The Album “SUCKERPUNCH”
The solemn “intro/welcome in” musically depicts her succumbing to the weight of the world over a soft piano. The beat switch then sports hard synths and drums, representing her picking herself up again, ready to get everything off her chest and remind herself who she is. Addressing the fake love on “take me nowhere”, she states that no one cares until it’s too late. Instead of recognizing the signs of a potential downfall, others seem to step in only to feed their ego.
The first single and third track “she knows it” focuses on her inner desires with bold lyrics stating her sexuality. Instead of spending an entire album focused on one topic, she spreads her opinions on a non-reciprocated relationship over the next few tracks. “casualty of your dreams” and “self-sabotage” hold the most self-realization and takes accountability in her own actions. The power struggle of being taken advantage of and self-destructive can take a toll on anyone. Letting go of her dependency on this person, she gains back her self-worth in “phases”. Realizing she’s being used is a breaking point on this album and she decides to isolate herself on “I’m so lonely with you”.
Trying to self-soothe on “break me!”, Maggie and Siiickbrain cope with pain in an unhealthy way. On “girl next door” and “we never even dated” the singer is reminiscent of her old self and a relationship she never gave a chance to. Lindemann decides to numb out the pain and is jaded on “novocaine”. Over the edge, she holds a stilettoed middle finger to a hater trying to gain her attention on “you’re not special”.
She then sobers up with “hear me out”, voicing her frustrations on a situation that has left her drained and begging for answers. She almost accepts her fate, that life will always have this dark cloud over her mind due to her trauma from past relationships. She warns a potential love interest “how could you do this to me”, a cousin to her honest single “Scissorhands”. She can’t help that hurt people hurt people and she’ll eventually ruin anyone good for her.
She closes out with “cages”, an anthem to remind herself that she lives for herself and herself only, flaws and all. Refusing to be trapped under anyone’s internal issues, she chooses to live unapologetically. Sharpened by the blades of others, Maggie Lindemann is no longer a victim, pawn, or prisoner. To anything.
Final Thoughts on “SUCKERPUNCH”
“SUCKERPUNCH” may be her debut album, but true fans knew this type of music was on the way in only a matter of time. Maggie’s transition from bubblegum pink crop tops to skull-adorned baby tees has been quite the journey to watch. Others who look up to her have been motivated to be themselves regardless of what others say. Being that this artist has been through a ton of hardships, she continues to rise from the ashes and find herself. Maggie Lindemann is a real-life example that you can make something beautiful out of pain and torture.