Olivia Rodrigo - SOUR
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2021 Ratings: #188 / 579
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2021 Ratings: #425
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Entertainment Weekly

Sour doesn't try to be "the next" anyone; instead, Rodrigo distills her life and her listening habits into powerful, hooky pop that hints at an even brighter future.

91
A.V. Club

The beauty of SOUR is that Rodrigo isn’t trying too hard to convince young listeners she understands them; she achieves this naturally, because in all the ways that matter, she is still one of them.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Olivia Rodrigo cements her success story on the explorative and heartbroken Sour.

80
NME

After 'Drivers License', pop's brightest new thing proves she's not just a flash-in-the-pan, but a multidimensional artist who's in it for the long haul.

80
DIY

A youthful tour through heartbreak angst that only falters when it plays too safe.

80
The Telegraph

The fierceness and focus of Rodrigo’s streamlined debut album, Sour, suggests that the 18-year-old is going to be a real threat behind the wheel.

80
Clash
Potent in its execution, revealing in its lyricism, it’s a record that finds Olivia Rodrigo effortlessly claiming her status as pop’s newest icon, and one of its bravest voices.
80
The Guardian
A collection of polished, precociously accomplished pop that doubles as one of the most gratifyingly undignified breakup albums ever made.
80
Evening Standard
It’s all very overemotional, but so is being a teenager today. There’s no one better suited to tell their tales.
80
Rolling Stone

Whereas most artists build to their breakup album, carefully laying down the foundations of their future devastation, Rodrigo has already skipped ahead to her Tunnel of Love.

80
The Forty-Five
Rodrigo is guaranteed global megastardom with the release of the best break-up album since Lorde's 'Melodrama'.
80
The Observer

Half wallow, half messy I-don’t-need-you self-care, Sour is the perfect first breakup soundtrack from a hugely promising new talent.

80
Exclaim!

Rodrigo has established her voice and showed listeners that she's not afraid to be vulnerable. SOUR is a strong debut that vividly illustrates the beautiful chaos of being inside a teenage girl's brain.

80
AllMusic

Rodrigo wants to be taken seriously as a songwriter, and she should be -- 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.

70
PopMatters
She manages to create something uniquely and unabashedly her own ... However, Rodrigo's lo-fi deep cuts made in the shadow of "Drivers License" can sound a bit repetitive.
70
Pitchfork

Four months after “drivers license,” pop’s newest star offers a nimble and lightly chaotic collection of breakup tunes filled with melancholy and mischief.

70
Slant Magazine

Like Eilish and Lorde before her, Rodrigo possesses both a knack for stealthy pop hooks and a vocal control beyond her years. And even if Sour doesn’t quite transcend its myriad influences, it might at least inspire her fans to Google the Piano Man.

64
Spectrum Culture
Sordid tabloid details are less important than the sadistic, wicked, resolutely teenage way she writes about her devastation.
60
The Independent
At times, it feels as though the polite, considered Rodrigo could push ideas, emotions and melodies a little further than she does.
MarkyC
50
SOUR is a formulaic, predictable breakup album. A collection of similar sounding ballads, it mostly follows the same song structure of her hit single "drivers license": muted moody verses, belted chorus and layered vocal effect on the bridge.

Her indie girl voice is better than most, but she has an unpleasant timbre at times with belting that quickly becomes flat and repetitive. "good 4 u" and "jealousy jealousy" do well to keep things fun with their angsty pop ... read more
Cry
90
THANK YOU FOR 500 FOLLOWERS! SOUR IS PERFECT! ONE YEAR SINCE I JOINED AOTY!

SOUR, the debut album from Olivia Rodrigo, is the best break-up album I've ever listened to and might be album of the year. Olivia Rodrigo started her career early, acting in a few Disney TV shows and started singing on Instagram, which caught the attention of some people who thought that she'd be an amazing singer. Olivia Rodrigo, who's only 18 years old, has understood the pain of a break-up and the heartbreak that ... read more
MattsReviews
70
...give me a chance to explain.

Olivia Rodrigo’s debut LP, “SOUR”, was an album I wasn’t necessarily too excited on listening to. The actor turned musician was a name that I didn’t really know of until this year's biggest hit so far, “drivers license”. This ultimately was my first impression of her, but what I was left with was an empty listen. My care for her artistry was at an all time low, before even looking into more things. But one thing I did ... read more
Maqtheus
59
Como um nome em ascenção, Olivia Rodrigo surfou na onda do sucesso, mas infelizmente, acabou se afogando na maré desiludida de uma estréia mediana.

Existe na música pop, um grupo seleto de artistas femininas das quais alcançam um sucesso estrondoso antes dos 20 anos. Ainda na década de 2010, tivemos Lorde e Billie Eilish como os maiores fenômenos nesse sentido. E agora, chegou a vez de Olivia Rodrigo, uma jovem que parece ter muito a ... read more
thegeecyproject
72
SOUR or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying About Getting Older and Accept Olivia Rodrigo’s Music For What It Is.

This is gonna be a little different from what I usually write. This is a very long, detailed (surprise, the guy with the Abed profile pic likes to be overly analytical) and self-indulgent review. I do eventually talk about the album itself in Chapter 4, so feel free to skip to that if you want. For everyone else, strap yourselves in.

Prologue:

Pop music is something that ... read more
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Added on: April 1, 2021