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  • Writer's pictureNoah Yard

Olivia Rodigo's Sour: We've All Been There.

I’ve never seen High School Musical, The Musical The Series on Disney Plus, I have little grasp on the drama that surrounded Olivia Rodrigo and her onscreen/ real-life love interest. But when I heard Drivers Licence over and over on Tik Tok I became curious about Rodrigo and her talent. So obviously when she released her first album, Sour, I had to give it a listen. And it’s a good thing I did, because honestly, not only is it one of the best debut albums to come out in a long time, but it’s also just a solid album full stop, with lots of variety, and a lot of heart.

It’s basically a breakup album and serves so many great tracks, some of them already massive hits on the American charts and streaming services. It’s all about a first break up, each song delving into the feelings that surround you when you’re a teenager in love that you thought would last forever.

She’s so good at making what she’s singing about seem wholly relatable, even if you are well beyond the age she is, or if you’ve even had a break-up recently. You can’t help but sing along to the emotional Drivers Licence, or the outrageous Good 4 U. It’s the emotion that seeps through, wholly genuine in Rodrigo’s voice, and her tremendous songwriting skills, that pulls you in and makes you feel everything she’s saying.

My favourite songs on “Sour” are Brutal and Good 4 U. The latter has a fiery, punk, Paramore-esque sound that totally opposes the beauty and the nuance of “Drivers Licence”, but in the best way. It is a song of break up rage instead of sadness, this is a wild breakup anthem, very much about teenage angst rolled in a punk package.

“I’ve lost my mind / I spent the night, crying on the floor in my bathroom,” Rodrigo shouts while she tells her ex, glad you got over me so fast you son of a bitch.

Then there’s Brutal, a lyrically brilliant ode to teen issues. It starts out the album, nice and orchestral, before smacking you in the face with heavy guitar and rock, “I’m so insecure I think, That I’ll die before I drink” drawing attention again to Olivia’s age. As a man in his mid-twenties, this song made me feel all the feels despite the fact she is a seventeen-year-old girl. Such is the power and sincerity of Olivia’s lyrics and vocal stylings.

'Cause I love people I don't like And I hate every song I write And I'm not cool and I'm not smart And I can't even parallel park

Same girl, same.

The album isn’t just about breakups however, there are different songs that share the woes of different parts of Olivia’s life, just vague enough to be relatable to anyone. Jealousy, Jealousy is about the trap of wanting to be like the pretty people you see online and influencer culture. Brutal is about how life isn’t that great as a teenager, and Hope Ur Okay tells different stories about people going through difficult times. It’s not a simple, vengeful breakup album. It’s about coming to terms with being an adult and all the uncomfortable feelings and frustrations that come with that. Hey, we’ve all been there right?

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