A Review on Olivia Rodrigo’s Debut Album, ‘SOUR’

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Following the success of “driver's license” and “deja vu,” Olivia Rodrigo gave some exciting news: her debut album! On April 13, Olivia announced her first full-length album, titled Sour would be released on May 21, 2021. In case you have not seen the track list, it reads as follows:

1. Brutal

2. Traitor

3. Driver's License

4. 1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back

5. Deja Vu

6. Good 4 U

7. Enough 4 U

8. Happier

9. Jealousy, Jealousy

10. Favorite Crime

11. Hope Ur Ok

Brutal

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The album kicks off with "Brutal." It is a dark song. Unlike her other songs in the album, it's not fixated on a relationship.

"And I hate every song I write/And I'm not cool, and I'm not smart/And I can't even parallel park."

Traitor

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This song is a soft ballad and is about a relationship that (true to the name of the album) turned SOUR.

“Brown guilty eyes and / Little white lies, yeah / I played dumb, but I always knew”

Driver's License

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“Drivers License '' was Rodrigo’s first major release. It was an instant heartbreak anthem. Fun fact: Rodrigo explained that some sounds were cleverly recorded from her mom’s car.

“Today I drove through the suburbs/and pictured I was driving home to you,”

1 step forward, 3 steps back

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The fourth track, “1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back,” borrows elements from a composition by Taylor Swift.

“It's one step forward and three steps back. And I'd leave you, but the roller coaster's all I've ever had.”

Deja Vu

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"Deja Vu'' has a dreamy feel. It also has specific elements from her own life - “watching reruns of Glee,” “strawberry ice cream in Malibu,” Billy Joel sing-alongs and all. Even more than “drivers license,” it established Rodrigo as a charismatic presence on the mic.

“Strawberry ice cream - one spoon for two. And trading jackets - laughing about how small it looks on you. Watching reruns of "Glee," being annoying…”

Good 4 u

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"Good 4 U'' has a pop-punk sound. This song injects a different kind of energy into the record.

“Well good for you, you look happy and healthy. Not me, if you ever cared to ask.”

Enough for you

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“Enough for you” is written as if it's Olivia’s stream of consciousness during the aftermath of a relationship gone SOUR.

“I don’t want your sympathy, I just want myself back.”

Happier

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Happier," admits messy and vindictive feelings for her past relationships. It’s a song that admits raw and unfiltered feelings.

“It's OK if you're happy, but not happier than you were with me.”

Jealousy, jealousy

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This song focuses on the experience of constantly comparing yourself to others. It is a spot-on reflection of Instagram culture.

"I wanna be you so bad and I don't even know you // All I see is what I should be // Happier, prettier, jealousy, jealousy."

Favorite crime

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This song definitely has Taylor Swift vibes, but it's also just a beautiful and pure song.

“You crossed the line, and I defended you to all my friends. And now every time a siren sounds, I wonder if you're around 'cause you know that I'd do it all again. Oh, the things I did just so I could call you mine.”

Hope ur ok

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“Hope ur ok” is a message of support to Rodrigo’s childhood friends who she lost touch with. It’s a sweet and sentimental note to end her album with.

“We fell out of touch. Hope he took his bad deal and made a royal flush. Don't know if I'll see you again someday. But if you're out there, I hope that you're OK.”

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