Olivia Rodrigo - SOUR
May 21, 2021
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 rock, but she dwells on the same situation over and over and over again. The lyrics are clunky and become boring.

This sound and style has been done 10 times better before by her obvious influencers. Olivia has the range and talent, but SOUR isn't the best showcase of it. While not a bad album by any means, it's nothing unique and it doesn't live up to the hype.
5 Comments
May 21, 2021
perfectly said
May 25, 2021
I felt the same, great review!!
May 25, 2021
Thanks guys!
May 26, 2021
Out of curiosity, what were you hoping for from her debut album?
May 26, 2021
@Tarul Based off the hype and good scores, I was hoping for something better, or similar to Lorde's amazing debut but this is just mediocre, unoriginal chart music. Nothing special
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