Pop star in the making Olivia Rodrigo has dropped her long awaited debut studio album, Sour.
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The 11-track project arrived on 21 May following the rollout of three lead singles: 'drivers license', 'deja vu', and 'good 4 u'.
Combining pop punk stylings with cinematic power ballads and acoustic numbers à la Kacey Musgraves, Sour is an exciting look at what Rodrigo has to offer as an artist.
Highlights include the abrasive opener 'brutal' and 'happier', the latter a melodramatic nod to Rodrigo's roots in musical theatre. Interestingly, '1 step forward, 3 steps back' also features a co-writing credit to Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff, although they did not actually collaborate. The song features an interpolation of Reputation closer 'New Year's Day'.
Entirely self-written by Rodrigo and co-produced with Dan Nigro, the album is a classic coming-of-age statement from the singer. "I wrote Sour mostly when I was 17, so it's sort of a slice of my 17-year-old life, and just about all of the sadness and anger and jealousy and insecurity that I felt in that period of my life," Rodrigo shared in an earlier press conference.
Even before the record's release, the 18-year-old wunderkind had already broken numerous records. She is the youngest artist to debut atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart with 'drivers license', and the first artist in Hot 100 history to debut their first two singles inside the top 10. 'drivers license' also broke the Spotify record for the most single-day streams for a non-holiday song.
Rodrigo's fans, also known as Livies, have taken to Twitter to share their reactions:
me listening to Olivia Rodrigos debut album "SOUR": #SOUROlivia pic.twitter.com/bQDLv3qEnu— Isha (@Isha__mistry) May 20, 2021
how it started how it’s going #sourolivia pic.twitter.com/LMIs0wh210— ًan. gia’s gf !! (@rerunsofdob) May 20, 2021
i'm not even heart broken. olivia why 😭 #SOUROlivia pic.twitter.com/TKNgoas394— hugo (@brykarl_) May 20, 2021
Additionally, Rodrigo made her UK debut as a performer at the 2021 BRIT Awards earlier this month. She was also featured as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live last weekend (16/5).
Listen to Sour in full here.