Sour (stylized in all caps) is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo, released on May 21, 2021, via Geffen Records. Rodrigo stated that the album explores her perils and discoveries as a 17-year-old, with its title referring to the uncomfortable “sour” emotions youngsters experience but are often shamed for, such as anger, jealousy and heartache. The musical style of Sour was inspired by Rodrigo’s favorite genres and singer-songwriters.
Written and produced by Rodrigo and Dan Nigro alongside few other collaborators, Sour is primarily an alt pop record that juxtaposes upbeat alternative rock and pop-punk songs aside bedroom pop ballads, driven by guitars, piano and synths. Its subject matter deals with topics centered on adolescence, failed romance and heartache told from Rodrigo’s various perspectives. Sour received universal acclaim from music critics, who regarded it a solid debut, and admired Rodrigo’s musical versatility, honest lyricism, and Gen Z appeal.
Three singles preceded Sour’s release: Rodrigo’s debut single and the album’s lead single, “Drivers License”, achieved global success and acclaim, debuted atop the US Billboard Hot 100, and propelled Rodrigo to mainstream prominence. It was followed by “Deja Vu”, which reached number 8 on the chart, making her the first artist in the Hot 100 history to debut their first two singles inside the top 10. “Good 4 U” was released a week before the album and received further commercial and critical success.
04.1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back
06.Good 4 U
07.Enough For You
11.Hope Ur Ok
OVERALL RATING: 4 stars