Published 27, 2021
By KEA YENGST
Disney star Olivia Rodrigo was first introduced in a leading role in the series “Bizaardvark” at the age of 13. Now, at the age of 18, she makes herself known as the new biggest pop star with debut album “SOUR.”
“SOUR” starts off with “brutal,” which puts the stereotypical teenage dream into an actual teenager’s perspective.
“drivers license,” Rodrigo’s most popular song which has been trending on TikTok for months, is the most impactful song on the album. The track had even been the center of a Saturday Night Live skit earlier in the year, putting emphasis on the emotionally explosive bridge. “drivers license” had been the first track released in January and had served the title as No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 100 for eight weeks in a row.
“traitor” and “deja vu,” the second and fifth tracks on the album, show the most reflection of jealousy through two different beats. While “traitor” slowly reflects on a past relationship, “deja vu” describes an ex who found a replacement to do things they used to do together, whether it be learning “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel on the piano or driving in Malibu.
While this album is a masterpiece to say the least, there were a couple of songs that distracted from the “sad-but-reflective” vibe throughout the album. This was especially seen in “1 step forward, 3 steps back,” which maintained an underwhelming pace throughout the entire 2 minute, 44 second runtime. This is notable since, unlike the other tracks, it doesn’t transition from a slow introduction to an upbeat and emotional chorus. This pattern is also seen in the track “enough for you”. It would have been nice if the artist could apply an interlude to make for a smoother introduction to the album’s general theme.
“SOUR” maintains a consistent theme throughout all the tracks and effortlessly applies the use of “cursive singing,” a style made popular by artists such as Amy Winehouse, Billie Eilish, and Sia.
‘SOUR’ can be bought on iTunes for $9.99 or streamed on platforms such as Apple Music, Spotify, and Youtube Music.