Pop star in the making Olivia Rodrigo has dropped her long awaited debut studio album, Sour.
The 11-track project arrived on 21 May following the rollout of three lead singles: 'drivers license', 'deja vu', and 'good 4 u'.
Combining pop punk stylings with cinematic power ballads and acoustic numbers à la Kacey Musgraves, Sour is an exciting look at what Rodrigo has to offer as an artist.
Highlights include the abrasive opener 'brutal' and 'happier', the latter a melodramatic nod to Rodrigo's roots in musical theatre. Interestingly, '1 step forward, 3 steps back' also features a co-writing credit to Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff, although they did not actually collaborate. The song features an interpolation of Reputation closer 'New Year's Day'.
Entirely self-written by Rodrigo and co-produced with Dan Nigro, the album is a classic coming-of-age statement from the singer. "I wrote Sour mostly when I was 17, so it's sort of a slice of my 17-year-old life, and just about all of the sadness and anger and jealousy and insecurity that I felt in that period of my life," Rodrigo shared in an earlier press conference.