Sour by Olivia Rodrigo
Copyright Date: 2021
Subgenre: Alternative Pop
Sour is a rock album that includes songs that reflect the inspirations of pop punk, alternative pop, and bedroom pop ballads.
There are some real bangers on Sour including the intro song, "brutal" which has a punk rock tone. Most of the music falls within pop rock with certain songs showing more of an inclination to an alternative sound or ballad sensibility. Rodrigo's sweet voice caresses most melodies, a juxtaposition of the concepts reflected in the lyrics about first love and having your heart broken. The album's title refers to the the sour emotions that teens are often judged for having including anger, unhappiness, and jealousy. The album is written, in a partnership with her producer, by Rodrigo and reflects her own experiences of adolescence and heartache. Created during the Lockdown, the album is also a pinpoint in time, reflecting the loneliness of the early COVID experience. Songs do contain quite a few f-bombs but those word choices are indicative of the anger and betrayal of the lyrics. Most of the songs are about the high school teen experience, so it is not a surprise it is such a popular choice among teens.
You may recognize Olivia Rodrigo from her role as Nini Salazar-Roberts on Disney+'s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Now listen to her first studio album, Sour.
hi there! my name is olivia! I’m 18 years old and writing songs is my favorite thing to do in the world. I’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember and I fall more in love with it every day. The first song I ever got published was called “All I Want.” I wrote it for a show I act in and it was a super cool experience that opened up a lot of doors for me. On the last day before Covid lockdown, I met the team at Interscope/Geffen records and a producer named Dan Nigro for the first time.
It turned out to be a very momentous day for so many reasons. I spent most of quarantine writing songs in my living room and producing them in a garage, including ‘drivers license’. It was always a really special song to me but I never expected the response it got. It absolutely blew my mind and I still to this day refuse to believe it all actually happened. The day I am writing this is actually the day that I turn in my debut album! I’m sooo excited for you to hear it and I feel so grateful that I get to make music for my job. (About from here.)
Discuss Olivia Rodrigo's career evolution from actress to musician.
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If you have turned on the radio in the past few months, chances are one of the songs from Olivia Rodrigo's album Sour has been playing. Her songs of a first love that has ended have a universal theme, and their high school settings speak to the current experiences teens are having.