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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Australian pop singer-songwriter features guest appearances from Ariana Grande and Gordi.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
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  1. 100
    Making perfect pop isn’t easy, but Troye Sivan is a star who’s done his homework. With one foot in pop’s past and another in its present, Bloom is a record that could turn its considerate maker into one of mainstream music’s most revered and fascinating talents.
  2. 100
    Here, Sivan has created an album that does away with any apology; instead it sees him seize happiness with both hands.
  3. 90
    Bloom is an exceptional pop album, but maybe more importantly it’s a beacon for queer people who struggle to reconcile our neuroses--societal and personal--with our potential for joy and love.
  4. Q Magazine
    Aug 29, 2018
    80
    Occasionally sentimental but always endearing, it's impressive stuff. [Oct 2018, p.116]
  5. Aug 30, 2018
    80
    At a taut ten tracks, Bloom is an unambiguous statement from Sivan, clear in its intent to celebrate the highs and lows of queer love through the eyes of a proud pop star in the making.
  6. Aug 30, 2018
    80
    The results are characterful. Bloom is done and dusted in 35 crisp minutes – a time at which some pop albums are reaching their mid-point--and feels like a coherent, artist-led album rather than a bet-spreading collection of songs designed to hit every popular musical base.
  7. Aug 31, 2018
    70
    The songs that leave the most lasting impression are the most downbeat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 87
  2. Negative: 4 out of 87
  1. Aug 31, 2018
    10
    perfeito! simples e coeso. sonoridade dos anos 80 super presente no album. instrumentais e vocais incriveis. destaques do album: my my my!,perfeito! simples e coeso. sonoridade dos anos 80 super presente no album. instrumentais e vocais incriveis. destaques do album: my my my!, dance to this, bloom e animal. Expand
  2. Aug 31, 2018
    10
    После прослушивания данного шедевра,непроизвольно хочется надеть мамины каблучки, накрасить губки и воспользоваться фаллоимитатором двоюроднойПосле прослушивания данного шедевра,непроизвольно хочется надеть мамины каблучки, накрасить губки и воспользоваться фаллоимитатором двоюродной сестры,который та прячет под матрасом. Expand
  3. Sep 11, 2018
    10
    É visível o amadurecimento dele desde o Blue Neighnourhood. Troye nos entregou um dos, se não, o melhor álbum pop do ano.
  4. Aug 31, 2018
    10
    this album is a solid 10 and here's why: his songwriting is really good, original and you can relate to it A LOT, the cohesion is amazingthis album is a solid 10 and here's why: his songwriting is really good, original and you can relate to it A LOT, the cohesion is amazing (there isn't one single song that doesn't fit with the concept of the album) and also his growth in creativity, because to put up visuals, songs and production like this you must me a hard-worker genius Expand
  5. Aug 31, 2018
    10
    This was my first exposure to Troye Sivan and I'm very impressed with this album. Mature, intelligent pop music with beautiful, lushThis was my first exposure to Troye Sivan and I'm very impressed with this album. Mature, intelligent pop music with beautiful, lush production. This is the first pop album to stop me in my tracks all year. It's too late for "Bloom" to be the banger of the summer in the US, but in his homeland of Australia, count on that song to be the soundtrack to the best moments of summer! Bravo, Mr. Sivan! Expand
  6. Sep 5, 2018
    9
    Troye Sivan was never someone that I followed on YouTube, but as someone i followed on his music, being introduced to him from his debut, BlueTroye Sivan was never someone that I followed on YouTube, but as someone i followed on his music, being introduced to him from his debut, Blue Neighbourhood. It clearly was a product of the time, following the dark, minimalist, downbeat pop appealing more towards the alternative crowd that came after Lorde exploded in 2013, along with other acts like Halsey, Melanie Martinez, Tove Lo, Alessia Cara, and Daya. And while that debut wasn't exactly amazing, it certainly does make for a solid effort from Troye, showing a lot of promise with him as a songwriter, especially when it comes with making pop music for an LGBT audience. And much like Lorde with her followup record, Melodrama, Troye reinvented his sound while still staying true to what made him unique in the first place. Bloom is a magnetic album and arguably the best pop album of the year, or at least one of the best of the year, definitely a top 10 for me!

    Bloom is both youthful and mature, clearly basking in the youthful exuberance of love and sexual awakening, but mature in that has some life experience on his hands, not quite "wise beyond his years" but still know what his place in life is. This comes in a lot on the vocals. While admittingly Troye does not have an amazing vocal range, which you can tell on the chorus on the title track where his voice cracks, he does have a ton of charisma and energy that makes him captivating, making Bloom and My My My! standout pop hits. And even with the gentle ballads like Seventeen, the Good Side, Postcard, and Animals work as well with Troye capturing that intimate sound and style, much like his older work. But the real standout is the production. Troye manages to create a sound that feels like a classic but also sounds like nothing else. From the bombast of My My My! and Bloom, the latter of which has an amazing hook, definitely the best hook on the record, to the tight Lucky Strike that does not loose a beat, to the transcendental Seventeen fitting with the feeling of a rite of passage, and the magnetic and amazing ballad the Good Side, which reminds me a lot of a sad Smiths ballad, specifically Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want, which is a high compliment (hell considering there is a track here called What a Heavely Way to Die, that HAD to be intentional). And while Troye might not be on Morrissey's level in terms of lyrics, Troye did step up his game here in the lyrical department. Adapting with writing some catchy hooks like on My My My! but also using a lot of interesting metaphors like the flower and garden metaphors on Bloom, to the nicotine references on Lucky Stripe, and the sweetness of fruit with Plum, the album is both filled with memorable cadences as well as moving forward with his visible queerness, with topics like losing his virginity and sexual awakening on Seventeen, to being open and proud on tracks like My My My! and Bloom, and genuine love ballads that anyone can enjoy, like with declaration of love and vulnerability on tracks like Postcard, Plum, and What a Heavenly Way to Die, to even breakups like on the Good Side that hits you with feelings! It is downright life affirming! All of which is packaged in a tight 36 minutes, leaving little places for the album to drag out too long!

    If there is a downside to this album, the guest features are a let down. Postcard, while still a great song, does have a rather unnecessary feature from Gordi. And Dance for You, with some great and tight production and composition full of groove and energy, is hampered with the lack of chemistry between Troye and Ariana Grande, which is a shame because I do like both singers. Also it is a bit odd that an album about gay love has the sole duet track be with a female singer. No disrespect to Ariana she is a goddess!
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  7. Sep 6, 2018
    0
    As a huge fan of Blue Neighborhood, I was enormously excited for this album, and if Sweetener hadn't come out the week before it would easilyAs a huge fan of Blue Neighborhood, I was enormously excited for this album, and if Sweetener hadn't come out the week before it would easily be the biggest disappointment of the year. i struggle to think of an album more middling and mediocre, so noncommital in all of its facets, so easily forgotten and confused with a million other projects most of which at least have a few high points. There's only one good song on the album-Animal-and even then it's more just good within the context of an awful album rather than good when stacked against other projects. The most frustrating thing about the album is that you sense there was potential here-and indeed, Blue Neighborhood showcases Troye's undeniable talent. That talent is invisible on this record. If you thoguht Troye was uncharismatic on BN, he's a brick wall here, unmoving, uncommitted to whatever he happens to be seeing about. The lyrics are as basic as can be. Only a few are outright cringey, but they're bad all the same. The production is the true saving grace here but with a performer who sounds so bored, the life is sucked out of the songs before they can even find their footing. Expand

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