Review: Olivia Rodrigo debuts solid, impressive album, ‘SOUR’

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Amanda Hare

A phone displays Olivia Rodrigo’s new album “SOUR.” The album debuted Friday, May 21. “Despite not completely meeting expectations, “SOUR” definitely shows Rodrigo’s potential since she’s so young,” junior reporter Amanda Hare said in the attached album review. “While I didn’t love the album as much as I thought I would, it’s a promising beginning to what will probably be a long, successful career, and I can’t wait to see what she does next.”

Amanda Hare, Assistant Editor

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The massive success of Olivia Rodrigo’s debut single “drivers license” was unexpected to say the least.

Rodrigo had done what seemed impossible, finding success in the musical world starting as a Disney star. “Drivers license” reached No. 1 on Billboard charts and broke Spotify’s record for most streams in a single day for a non-holiday song. For weeks, I couldn’t go anywhere without hearing the admittedly impressive song.

Following that success, Rodrigo has only grown in popularity and now she’s released a diverse, solid album.

Rodrigo debuted her album, “SOUR,” today, Friday, May 21. The album is good and impressive for a debut. I liked most of the songs, and I loved the album as a whole. The only problem was that it was slightly underwhelming. I found the three previously released singles to be most of the best songs from the album. I really liked a few songs, but the singles raised my expectations to be high, and the album didn’t exactly meet them.

“brutal”

“Brutal” was a bit of a surprising beginning. It features an intense guitar and is really just Rodrigo ranting about her life’s problem. The song is relatable in a way because I get some of the things she’s complaining about. I found the verse to be kind of catchy, but the chorus but was just a bit too intense for me.

“traitor”

“Traitor” is a bit slower and pretty sad. I liked the song, but it didn’t really stick out to me.

“drivers license”

“Drivers license” was Rodrigo’s debut single that I actually really liked. The whole song is great, but the bridge was my favorite part. It’s unique and raw, and I loved it. However, it has definitely been overplayed since its release.

“1 step forward, 3 steps back”

This song is soft and vulnerable and I actually really liked it. It’s sampled from Taylor Swift’s song “New Year’s Day,” and it’s well done. In the song, Rodrigo sings about her confusion in a relationship saying “I’m the love of your life until I make you mad” and “I don’t understand.”

“deja vu”

This song was the second single for the album and shows Rodrigo watching her ex’s new relationship. This song was also amazing and one of my favorites from the album.

“good 4 u”

This song was hands down my favorite from the album. It was the last single of the album and Rodrigo’s best work by far. I love everything about the song. The guitar, the verse, the fun chorus –  everything about it is just great. The whole song is insanely catchy, and once you hear it, the tune will never leave your head. In the song, Rodrigo is angry at her ex moving on so quickly. She sings “good for you, you look happy and healthy, not me if you ever cared to ask.”

“enough for you”

“Enough for you” is pretty slow, but I liked it. The piano and her voice sounded pretty together. However, the song just wasn’t memorable.

“happier”

“Happier,” contrary to its name, is quite sad. In the song, Rodrigo says “I hope you’re happy, but now like how you were with me.” I love the song, and it’s my second favorite on the album. The piano goes so beautifully with her voice and the song is written so well.

“jealousy, jealousy”

“Jealousy, jealousy,” staying true to its name, is about Rodrigo’s jealousy of the things and people around her. I think the song’s pretty catchy, and I really liked the bridge.

“favorite crime”

“Favorite crime” was a song I unexpectedly loved. It’s slower, which I usually don’t like, but I found it to be really good. I especially loved the bridge of the song, and the songwriting was impressive as well.

“hope ur ok”

I wasn’t a huge fan of this song, however, I loved the bridge. It didn’t really match the rest of the song to me, but it was really good.

The best part of the album is how relatable it is. It covers a diverse range of emotions that are easy to relate to. Additionally, the album held no bad songs, just a few forgettable ones. I’ve also found that the more I listened, the better it gets. I especially loved the songwriting in the album. Rodrigo is only 18 years old and already so talented. She tells a story well, and her lyrics are more complex than I expected.

Overall, despite not completely meeting my expectations, “SOUR” definitely shows Rodrigo’s potential since she’s so young. While I didn’t love the album as much as I thought I would, it’s a promising beginning to what will probably be a long, successful career, and I can’t wait to see what she does next.