I’m gonna say it RTFN: 2021 is Olivia Rodrigo’s MF year, and not a single soul can stop her. When she released her smash hit single—“Drivers License,” duhhh—earlier this year, Olivia kinda turned into a teen superstar overnight! Which is why it makes total sense that Olivia dropped her first-ever album, Sour, literally today while she continues to have the public/internet/world’s attention. So since you’re just dying to know everything about this record, I did the detective work to learn all the details about Olivia’s debut for you. You’re! Welcome!
What does the album sound like?
Olivia may be one of pop’s biggest rising stars at the moment, but that doesn’t mean she exclusively served up teen-friendly bubblegum pop on the album. In an interview with The Face, Olivia said, “I suppose I’m considered a pop artist, but I’ve never felt like one. This album is full of stuff that I like, which is so diverse. There are elements of alternative rock in there, alt-pop, some country, and definitely a lot of folk. I think anyone can find something they like hidden in one of the songs.”
Olivia further revealed that she was inspired by the “pouty” and “angsty” sounds of No Doubt and the White Stripes during the recording of the album. She’s also a big fan of Taylor Swift, Lorde, Alanis Morissette, and Phoebe Bridgers, so definitely expect the unexpected!
Okay, but what are the songs about?
Olivia told The Face that she wrote a good chunk of the songs on Sour while she was 17, which, as we know, is a super-interesting time in anyone’s life. In Olivia’s own words, she started working on the album at a “really strange age where you’re figuring out so many things: how you want to be treated, love and heartbreak, how you fit into the world, and how you relate to other people…[Sour] is me grappling with all of them. It wasn’t something I wrote in hindsight. It’s very much how I was feeling at that time. I needed to write those songs to process those emotions.”
Who worked with Olivia on the album?
Olivia worked exclusively with Dan Nigro, a producer and songwriter who most prominently helped out Conan Gray, Lewis Capaldi, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sky Ferriera, and Zella Day, to name a few. Dan contacted Olivia through her Instagram DMs (yes, really) after stumbling onto a video of her singing, and the two have been making great songs together ever since.
What are the official singles?
Olivia gave us three gems for singles—“Drivers License,” “Deja Vu,” and most recently “Good 4 You,” aka your fave angry-girl rock anthem:
You can also read into the very 👀 lyrics below:
What’s the track list?
Before even listening to Sour in full, the song titles tell a very compelling story. The tracks, in order, are as follows:
3. “Drivers License”
4. “1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back”
5. “Deja Vu”
6. “Good 4 U”
7. “Enough for You”
9. “Jealousy, Jealousy”
10. “Favorite Crime”
11. “Hope Ur OK”
And finally: What do fans think of the album?
Simply put, the fans are eating Sour TF up.
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