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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 follows it. She's felt the sadness, the madness, the trouble to move on, the hope, and even the jealousy. I've never related to an artist more than I have with Olivia Rodrigo, which is exactly why her music has a huge impact on me and why she's become my favorite singer. Never though that an artist could capture the entire story of heartbreak as excellent as Olivia Rodrigo has on the album. SOUR is like a pack of Sour Patch, seeming to be sweet at first with the way that the song sounds but the sour hits hard soon after as soon as you pay attention to the lyrics.
The opener of the album really surprised me, being 'brutal', which made sense cause that was the name of the track. The sudden drop destroyed my ears as the last thing that I expected from Olivia was her performing on a hard rock beat, with an aggressive instrumental and equally electric drums. The lyrics from Olivia Rodrigo match the brutal mood of the track as she doesn't understand how the teens are supposed to be the best years of your life, wondering why she's not living the 'teenage dream' that people often talking about. People don't often talk about how bad the teen years can be, probably why people expect some type of perfect life when they enter their teens, when they instead face many mental issues and obviously heartbreak. Her vocals are sharp and messy like she mentions in the intro of the song, really turning me up and getting me hyped, not what I expected when I entered when entering the album but I still enjoyed it as the execution was extremely unique and unlike anyone I've heard before. Probably the most ambitious song on the album and I think that placing it as the first song was spectacular as it set the tone of the album, showing that Olivia Rodrigo is fearless as an artist and not afraid to try anything.
We enter into the painful world of heartbreak through 'traitor' as Olivia Rodrigo feels like she's been betrayed by her ex-boyfriend. She thinks that how fast her ex moved on to date someone else wasn't right, creating an image of a traitor in a way you wouldn't normally expect. She seems to understand the point of view of the people that pass by as they just see a boy who hasn't done anything wrong and just chose a different girl while Olivia feels like she's been back-stabbed, comparing what he did to cheating, telling him that what he did was almost equally painful and wrong which hits hard because that kind of pain is hard to explain and get through, being a reason for why people develop trust issues. There were many different instrumentals on the track, with an acoustic guitar that sounded gorgeous along with Olivia Rodrigo and a powerful piano that set the tone of the track, while the synthesizer stayed silently in the background to help to create a spectacular atmosphere for the song, capturing the pain. The background vocals on the production were beautiful and the drums felt distant but still managed to keep the magnificent mood going, helping Olivia to unleash the pain of her heartbreak. One of her best vocal performances was on this track as she sounded so soft, even when she was singing about something that seemed to have destroyed her in all aspects, with her highs being unleashed on the song and not disappointing at all. Through the pain and betrayal, she still manages to make something that sounds so pretty, a song that's easy to relate to and to drop a few tears to as it takes some of the weight of the traitor's actions away from you.
'drivers license', my current favorite song of 2021, capturing the exact feelings you face right after you get dumped. I doubt they'll be a better break-up song than this as what this song has accomplished musically is mind-blowing. This isn't just another sad ballad, this is something special and a start to what could be a spectacular career for Olivia Rodrigo. This is what I'd call a perfect song, with the build-up of the song being perfect. The production isn't anything crazy, being super simple as it uses an uplifting piano instrumental along with unique drums that work in a wonderful way along with the synthesizers that make appearances along the track. The song is nothing without Olivia Rodrigo as her perfect performance on it was why this song took over the world. Her vocals were filled with heartache, sounding like she was drained and exhausted, telling her ex that she loved him for what seems like one last time, just in case he changed his mind, which sadly doesn't happen like expected. The lyrics on the song are really good as the get how it feels when you still love someone with all your heart even after they've caused so much pain to you, not coming close to cringe. The best part of the song is the bridge and I don't think that anyone would disagree as it's one of the best things I've ever heard, sounding absolutely heavenly, like the night sky is falling down on you. Olivia Rodrigo managed to turn the sting of heartbreak into a gorgeous song and I'm grateful to have heard the song in my life.
After the initial pain disappears, you start to overthink about the time you spent with your significant other and this is what Olivia Rodrigo covers with '1 step forward, 3 steps back'. Like I mentioned, the initial pain is gone and that's one step forward but the thoughts that come after it is what takes you three steps back as a lot of self doubt enters you life. Olivia wonders if she's pretty and fun, wondering if that's why she's been left behind by her ex, which is something you'd obviously think about if it happened to you. The bridge follows the same theme, as she goes back and forth thinking about if what she said in the past led to this happening or if it's all her ex's fault. We tend to get lost in thought for a while, it's a hard stage to get past, but I loved how beautiful Olivia Rodrigo made it seem. The production is based on a pretty piano instrumental, with not much else entering the track to enhance it. The lyrics let the listener understand the thinking that comes with the break-up, using simple lines, trying not to make anything complex lyrically, which is nice for a change as it gives us a break to process what's happened so far in the album. The song does a decent job at discussing the confusion we face after a breakup, along with the a hint of frustration being present to make the picture of the craziness perfect.
'deja vu' enters the next stage of break-up, wondering about what our partner is doing now and on how they feel, after all, you loved them and they loved you at some point. In this case, Olivia Rodrigo's ex moved on quickly and had found a new girlfriend which makes things for her worse, making her wonder even more and increasing the pain she would've faced. The idea of deja vu was used perfectly, with Olivia Rodrigo incorporating it in a way you wouldn't expect, wondering if her ex gets deja vu when he's with his new partner. She's gets more confident along the track, claiming that she knows that her ex does get deja vu which gives her a feeling of comfort, making her not worry as much, with the pain settling down at this stage. The production is pretty just like the last track as it's based on another amazing piano instrumental that feels dreamy and comes along with fantastic synthesizers that sound fresh along with Olivia Rodrigo, reminding me of some synthesizers that were used often on 'Minor' by Gracie Abrams. The drums on the track are some of the best on the album, being especially unique and with the pattern being excellent. You just want to sing along by the time the bridge hits as it's so satisfying and helps to take out some of the pain that you've locked up inside of you, being a song that makes you feel so much better. Olivia's vocals go back to being soft like they were on 'traitor' and I love when they do get soft as that's her vocals at her best in my opinion, sounding so soothing and taking your mind off everything. The annoyance at your ex can help you get over your ex and it's very interesting, with the idea of her ex getting deja vu getting rid of the negative thoughts that she had about herself.
'good 4 u', a track similar to the opener of the album uses a pop punk theme that was heavily used by MGK on 'Tickets To My Downfall', showing a more mad side from Olivia Rodrigo. She seems to be happy for her ex, well maybe not, as it may just be sarcastic which is what I'm guessing although she probably does mean the lyrics a little as she still does love him a little. At this point on your journey on moving on, you're probably pissed at how your ex moved on so fast, a theme explored with a different approach on 'traitor' and 'drivers license' where she was in a much more darker place. She's gotten out of that dark place and screams her heart out, taking out all the anger she's built up over the period of her break-up and unleashing it on this song. You can see that she's hurt at the fact that her ex never cared to check up on her, kind of ghosting her instead after giving her all the attention in the world while they were dating, which is why this type of pain builds up in a person. The production follows the pop punk style that I mentioned earlier, being executed in an excellent way, as the energy from the drums gets unleashed on the chorus when Olivia Rodrigo is yelling her heart out while the guitar instrumental comes out on the chorus to create a bigger impact while the instrumental used on the verses barely plays a part in the song. Olivia Rodrigo's aggressive vocals are amazing, making you want to yell along just like on the bridge of 'deja vu' helping to remove any pain left in you like I mentioned before. The song signifies the end of the effects of the break up on you, or at least the ones you realize as you slowly start to forget about the break-up because all the pain that was stuck inside of you has been left out, with only the memories remaining.
Like I mentioned, Olivia Rodrigo starts to think about the memories she made with her ex, with 'enough for you' appearing to be a cute song, but being something much more deep. The writing on this song was probably the best out of all the songs on the album as you can see how much the entire breakup had affected over the last few weeks and month. There's so many magnificent lines on this song and I'd list them down but it would just be way easier if you gave the song a listen and took a look for yourself. The song was about how she did everything for her ex when they dated, but realizing that it wasn't worth it after everything was over. The production contained a relaxing acoustic guitar instrumental which is what makes the song seem so much more cuter than it is. Olivia sounds outstanding on the song, mixing her soft vocals with her regular vocals to come up with a special sound that was memorable. The bridge didn't have anything crazy going on musically but the lyrics made it up as they were absolutely beautiful, being the moment where she realized that she deserved better than being dumped, for all the love she gave her ex, just for her to get disregarded easily by him. Olivia continuous her healing process by diving through her memories, wanting to get back on with her old life and no longer wanting her ex to come back to her, remembering a time where all she wanted to be was enough for her ex, but realizing that nothing she did would satisfy him and that she did nothing wrong.
'happier' has a similar theme to 'good 4 u', but being so much more serious as she gets rid of her sarcastic tone and chooses to be completely honest on the track. They've clearly added some type of vocal effects on her soft vocals, ending up sounding excellent and containing a crazy amount of influences vocally on the track. The production on the track uses a royal piano instrumental and drums that are faint but fantastic, reminding me of the production of Ashe's album as it was exactly like this. The strings on the song are haunting and help to add a more intimate mood to the track. Olivia Rodrigo hopes that her ex is happy but not happier than she is, a selfish thing to want but better than wanting something bad to happen to him and it's anyway something that's really relatable as why would you want someone who's hurt you someone to be happier than you. She reminds her ex of all the lies that he's told her, lies that most boys tell the person they love to make the girl feel better but comes to backfire when the relationship is over as the girl realizes that those things that he told her were lies, wondering what else was a lie about their relationship to the point where she even wonders if she he even truly loved her.
'jealousy, jealousy' is probably the most unique track on the album as there's not a track close to the cold attitude shown on the song, being the the reason for why it works so well. I'm glad to see a track about jealousy, even though it didn't appear in the way I expected it to as she sounds so cold and confident which I thought was a wonderful change to the soft vocals she's been using for the most part. Olivia discusses being jealous of other girls, common in the world of social media and Olivia wishes that didn't care and that she wasn't as jealous as she was. The production is rough and even slightly groovy, being cool which I thought was unexpected as it wasn't beautiful like the other beats, being a great thing in this case. At this point, she's just jealous, probably because she's lacking the love and compliments that she used to receive from her ex, working on loving herself and caring for herself, not worrying about anyone else. She's basically creating/finding her identity in the crazy world of the perfect expectations, learning to be happy for others instead of jealous. The song makes me feel a lot better about being jealous as it's not something you should be guilty for, but you should still work on trying to get rid of the jealousy if possible as it's not a desirable quality.
'favorite crime' contains heavy influence from Taylor Swift, being a lot more laid-back compared to the previous songs on the album as she's close to moving on. The songs could've fit on 'folklore' or 'evermore' as the production is very instrumental based, being quite chill. Olivia Rodrigo's vocals sound slightly like Taylor Swift although her soft vocals make an appearance on the track too. She's back to thinking about the memories of the relationship on the track, knowing that she was doing whatever her ex wanted when they were dating and not having an opinion for herself. She realizes that she's done so much for her ex and her ex hasn't showed that he cared an equal amount, hurting her in many ways instead, breaking her trust and her heart at the same time, even when she defended him in front of her friends, something we all might've done during a relationship as we're so in love with the person that we focus only on the good that they've done and ignore the bad. Near the end of the song, on the last chorus, you can hear how emotional Olivia sounds, sounding like she's crying and singing at the same time, hitting hard as you can see that's she actually been affected by how hurt by how he took advantage of her, a theme explored often on the album. Oliva Rodrigo takes time to acknowledge that she was also a reason for her heartbreak and that she can't put all the blame on her ex cause it truly wasn't all his fault because she's the one who let this happen, starting to move on with this track.
'hope ur ok', the outro of the album, really made me smile and served as an outstanding end to the album. Olivia Rodrigo sang with her regular vocals, not attempting to do anything crazy on the track but still sounding tremendous. The production sounds so relaxing, using a lovely instrumental that gives me warmth. The bridge of the song is beautiful, almost as beautiful as 'drivers license' as she replicates the effect but it's still unique and spectacular. Olivia hopes that her ex is doing okay, not being mad at him anymore and instead wishing him the best in the future as she understands that nothing is forever, telling him that she does still miss and love him and that she's glad that she met him. Additionally, the song serves as a message to the listeners, hoping that they're okay cause she knows that they've been through a lot too, each one of us has, and that they're not alone because we've all went through our lows, with the goal of coming out strong being the most important and to learn from the mistakes we've made along the way. Olivia has finally moved on, reaching the end of her journey through her various emotions.
Olivia Rodrigo, an artist who appeared out of nowhere and is definitely not an industry plant, drops one of the best pop debut albums ever. SOUR is perfect in my opinion, having been sweetened by the the vocals and production of the album while the lyrics remained to stay sour. If you're not a huge fan of this album, you've probably not been through a bad break-up or gotten your heart broken and if either ever happens, I highly suggest you return to this album as it will help you heal as that's what it has done for me. Each and every song has a purpose and a different style, with the album not sounding like the same song over and over again like some people expected, which is why some people were pleasantly surprised. I predict that Olivia Rodrigo will be a huge artist, one of the best pop artists of our generation as she's got the talent, proving it by creating a gorgeous debut album.
I want to thank AOTY for always being there for me, through my many moods and tough times. Every single one of you have made my life a lot better and have helped to drag me out of the dark hole that I was in last year and I don't know where I would've ended up if I hadn't found this welcoming community. I know I've said this before but I just needed to thank you everyone again.
I want to start by thanking my best friends, some who have left the community and some who are still close with me.
You've honestly changed my life the most out of all the members I've met on the site. You taught me so much about music, more than anyone else ever did and you didn't need anything from me in exchange. You just enjoy giving suggestions, helping me discover music from diverse genres, being the biggest reason for why I've reached 500 followers as you've given me a great amount of advice to grow my account. I miss your meme reviews, hope that they make a comeback some day! You're one of the best writers on the site, often coming up with a huge, detailed review that covers almost every single detail accurately while additionally being able to write those reviews with some impressive speed.
@Basic_Garci (found out that @MirroredComfort is the same person lol)
I know he isn't on the site anymore, but he still affects me to this day. One of the best reviewers on the site, without any doubt, pumping out plenty of perfect reviews per day and pushing me to get to work so I could one day be as big as him. I've had a few fantastic conversations with him, where we just talked about what we were enjoyed and he was always easy to talk to, understanding what I liked and talking to me about that. He's the only real Mosey fan that I got to meet and even though things have went wrong with the Mosey case, I still have hope that he'll come back when Universal drops and that we'll have a wonderful conversation about what we enjoyed on the album. I hope he's doing much better and that leaving the site helped him as he's certainly helped me during his time on the site.
Never fails to create a magnificent review, getting better by the days. The quick growth of his account made me want to put in the same hard work that he put to get his account to where it is right now. We were closer when he initially joined the site but it's been a while since we had a proper conversation, still love talking to him in the comment section though!
@GGSteven just returned to the site and dropped a video on YouTube (highly recommend you to check it out)! He's super nice as we always used to comment on each other's reviews, talking about a lot of music over the time he's been on the site. His reviews are really detailed, even his reviews for singles which is something that I love about his account. Hope to see him more active on the site, if possible!
My first real friend on the site. He's sadly left the site but he's a major reason for why I've stayed on the site for this long. Every Friday, I was excited to enter the site and read his review as he always has some of the most amazing takes on the site, really going deep down into the music and never being based at all, just reviewing things the way he wants to. He gave me solid criticism on my reviews, reading and letting me know if I could work on something to make my reviews better. His honesty and realness made me want to be more real to myself and to my friends and family, being so far one of the best things I've learnt on this site.
The amount we talk has significantly reduced but he's still a really good friend, easily being one of my favorite people on the site. I've heard he's gone through some rough moments over the last year but I'm glad to see him come back strong and put out really good reviews. I still remember the days where we used to comment on each other's reviews every day and review stuff we suggested to each other, those were some fun times. Hope we can talk again some time and that you have a great music Friday!
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@Chode consistently comes up with wonderful reviews, being one of the best first day reviewers that I know and has been kind every single time I've talked to him. He might never comment on my reviews but he's one of the only people who's liked almost all my reviews and his support has always kept me going.
@LyricalMiracleS leaves the site often but his reviews are always amazing whenever he does have time to write them, coming up with huge, detailed reviews that have a simple but spectacular format as they're always simple to read even though they're usually really long, loving how he manages to fit all the important details in a perfect order. He's super kind in the comments too, reminding me a little of @Rater.
Few words, first person I followed and had a fight with on AOTY lol, superrr short reviews that get straight to the point and are still really good! Rarely active but has recently tried to write at least a few reviews weekly!
One of the most active reviewers on the site, writing many reviews per week and trying to cover almost all the new releases, makes me want to push hard and pump out as many reviews as he does, managing, to make sure that his reviews cover most of the main points too!
@Fieryley is one of my favorite reviewers on the site, being super underrated as he's not been active for a month or two but he's got his own fantastic review format that I love and have gotten inspired from, making sure to talk about each track and discuss what's wrong and what's wonderful about it. I've had many conversations with him in the comments and he's always fun to talk to, especially because we often disagree lol!
@DoubleZ is easily the best reviewer on the site and might also be one of the most influential reviewers on the site as he's certainly influenced me, being one of my biggest influences while I write my reviews. I would've have gotten this far without him as he's the one who helps me come up with new ideas, even if he doesn't know it, as there's been so many times where I learnt something from his reviews and applied it into my own review although in my own style. He's not only really good at reviewing, he's also one of the kindest people on the site, never getting mad and always answering questions in the comments in the most respectful and nice way. He never fails to compliment a review that catches his eye, supporting so many small users on the site, which was once even me!
@Phillip seems to have been less active recently but his reviews are perfect, love reading them as he's never based and stick with his opinion no matter what!
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@dominic's reviews are exciting to read, having gotten longer in recent times, although he seems to be a little less active these days. Love how he continues to meme review sometimes and hope to see him a little more active!
@eliiscoo5 is an excellent reviewer, being one of the reviewers who used to drop a first day review every week although has been busy with other work recently but is still making amazing reviews! @eliiscool5 is funny and also extremely kind, love talking to him!
I remember when @reedy was a lot smaller than he was now, working hard to put out wonderful reviews until the Sia review got him the recognition he deserved. That review really made an impact on the website and is probably one of the best reviews on the website as he's still working hard to make the same wonderful reviews!
@MusicGod gives his honest thoughts almost everything, being someone who just enjoys music a lot which is what I like about him. Plus, he's a LAROI stan so how could I not like him lol!
@Rhino, we've had a hilarious history. I was introduced to him on the comment section for CTM where he called Mosey trash, which I obviously didn't like cause I'm like the biggest Mosey fan on the website so I obviously defended Mosey. We kinda argued for a few days until we both agreed to disagree as I told him that Mosey might prove him wrong this year with his future music. Surprisingly, @Rhino really liked some of Mosey's new music and kept an open mind to all his releases, having plenty of magnificent conversations about Mosey with him. @Rhino and me have also frequently had fantastic conversations on our reviews and I really learnt a lot from him as a reviewer as he's super talented when it comes to reviewing!
@Reviewsic has become one of my closest friends in the community recently as he loves to comment on my reviews and loves responding to my comments on his reviews, which lead to some wonderful conversations where we just talked about what we liked and didn't like about artists, singles, and projects. He also happens to be one of the most underrated reviewers right now, putting plenty of effort into his reviews that are really long but lovely to read as they flow so smoothly! Check his profile out!
@thewayiam is a wonderful member of the site, being super active at all times and being one of the kindest on the site, love reading his reviews and when she responds to my comments!
Easily one of the best reviewers of this year so far as he reviews almost everything and does it in an excellent manner, not making his reviews too long but letting people know what they need to before listening to the album so that they can decide if they should or shouldn't take a listen. A tremendous reviewer who's only gonna get so much better in the future!
@LisbonBih joined AOTY recently has been releasing plenty of reviews per day, trying to review almost anything he can, while maintaining a wonderful review quality! Check his profile out!
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Worked so hard to get where he is on the site, making like the most reviews in a day and catching up on all significant releases over the last few years! What he's done this year on the site is super hard to match as he's put in countless hours to catch up! Keep up the amazing work!
@pizzagrande reviews are simple and straight to the point as he either loves or dislikes projects without caring about the general opinion! @pizzagrande is also extremely fun to talk to as we're currently planning the DJ Khaled X Cole Bennett video! Sadly, @pizzagrande seems to be a little less active but I'm glad that @tacogrande still consistently drops reviews to read! @tacogrande's single reviews are some of the best single reviews as he takes his time to review popular artists along with plenty of underground artists which is something that I love about his account! @tacogrande is the better out of the two for serious conversations as I've had a crazy amount of tremendous conversations with @tacogrande on so many tracks!
@Case is super consistent with his reviews, coming up with really good reviews for literally every major release of the week! I love it when he responds to my comments rarely, easily being one of the most excellent consistent reviewers!
Not heard much from @Nico recently but I still remember when he donated for me on his birthday, it really made my month! I never thought that anyone would do something so kind, but that's when he donated, pushing me to spread my positivity even more! I hope he returns to the site as I really miss his magnificent reviews and hope that he's feeling well!
Sorry if I didn't shout you out, still love you! :)