Was It Even Real?

Olivia O'Brien - Was It Even Real?
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Based on 56 ratings
2019 Ratings: #724
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April 26, 2019 / Release Date
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R&B, Dance Pop / Genres
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+: just friends, care less more, i don't exist
the guitar riffs in "we lied to each other" are actually the most memorable aspect about this whole album. that, and the stunning gorgeous cover art, to which the songs do absolutely no justice whatsoever

quickly, what's makes this album standout? like, literally, what makes this thing special, or unique? cause i've been sitting here, after listening to the entirity of the 10 tracks and i can't name one single thing. generic in r&b and generic in dance pop, there's absolutely no ... read more
None too special, none too unique, maybe except that cover art.
Olivia's debut full lenght project is a mix of emotional and heartbreaking stories of her life and very enjoyable pop tracks. The emotional side of the album makes this experience really touching for the first half, she has a really nice voice and it rides the beat perfectly. The production shows variety and a mix of R&B and eletronic pop tunes.

This project is vulnerable and insecure, and it makes this a different and very enjoyable approach by a pop artist that at first seems to be just ... read more
A consistent debut from Olivia here. Her lyrics are a bit generic but she emotes well enough so it seems honest. The production is pretty good though her vocals are not really the most impressive for a pop album. I still like the general introspection of the record and the last few tracks really make the album for me
Faves: Care Less More, Call Me!!!, Love Myself
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Added on: March 29, 2019