Her debut record, SOUR, will be a contender for best pop album of the year. There are no filler tracks on SOUR. Each song represents a different side to Rodrigo’s artistry, embracing every influence that’s shaped her music, while still creating something fresh.
Nuanced and often exceptional debut album. ... Songwriting flourish is emblematic of what Rodrigo has learned from Taylor Swift on this album (which, in shorthand, is Swift’s debut refracted through “Red”): nailing the precise language for an imprecise, complex emotional situation; and working through private stories in public fashion.
For the most part, Rodrigo has passed the bar she set on that single [‘drivers license’], sharing with us an almost-masterpiece that’s equal parts confident, cool and exhilaratingly real. This is no flash-in-the-pan artist, but one we’ll be living with for years to come.
Her combination of sweet melodies and bitter moods, her conversational flow, and her self-awareness are all skills many songwriters twice her age would love to call their own, and they make Sour a well-rounded emotional journey and strong debut album.
At times, it feels as though the polite, considered Rodrigo could push ideas, emotions and melodies a little further than she does. ... But this is an incredibly impressive debut from a singer who’s only just learning to stretch her wings.
From start to finish, this album amazed me. For a debut album to be this good is a big accomplishment. From the rock inspired bangers likeFrom start to finish, this album amazed me. For a debut album to be this good is a big accomplishment. From the rock inspired bangers like brutal and good 4 u to emotional ballads like favorite crime and traitor, Rodrigo blows us away with her strong vocals and even stronger lyrics. My only complaint is that I wish it was longer.…Expand
I consider this album to be "good". Nothing more and nothing less. Its not trying to be anything its not. The record is very openly emotionalI consider this album to be "good". Nothing more and nothing less. Its not trying to be anything its not. The record is very openly emotional and simply, but effectively, written. The only problem this project faces at some points, is being too obvious. There are no big surprises (except brutal, one of the best songs imo). And some songs on here feel a little bland, while still remaining to be well produced fine pop songs. I hope that Olivia's next project has a more unique approach to songwriting and lyricism.…Expand
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