Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album, anything but sour


18-year-old Olivia Rodrigo has created a buzz among teens with the release of her album “SOUR” on May 21.

Gabriella Avalos

The 18-year-old singer, actress and songwriter Olivia Rodrigo released her first debut album “SOUR” last month on May 20. “SOUR” contains a total of 11 songs, three being singles she released earlier this year.

“Drivers License” was Rodrigo’s first single and it ranked No. 1 globally on Apple Music not even a week after it was released. Both “Drivers License” and “Good 4 U” ranked No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 a week after their release dates. Rodrigo became the first artist in Billboard Hot 100 history to have two No. 1 debuting singles from a debut album. Her latest release “Good 4 U ” debuts at No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Global 200 singles chart and she is now the first female artist to debut two songs at No. 1.

“SOUR” describes a story about young love turned sour. Her songs represent a lot of emotion and similar feelings after or during a relationship. Her vocals portrayed true sadness, anger, disappointment, guilt and jealousy throughout each of the songs. A big highlight of the album is that each song is similar but explains different experiences. Her music has a lot of power and for this being her first album, she is incredible. The lyrics in her songs are so well written that you can feel her emotion through her voice.

Aside from being a singer-songwriter, Rodrigo is also an actress. She is well known for her role as Nini in “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” on Disney+. She is also known for her role as Paige on “Bizaardvark” in 2016 and Grace on “An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success” in 2015. Rodrigo also has a platform on Instagram with 10.4 million followers, Tiktok with 7.1 million followers and Twitter with 1 million followers.

“SOUR” is an amazing album and is definitely worth a listen. “Traitor” and “Brutal” are the albums highlights aside from the singles “Drivers License,” “Deja Vu” and “Good 4 U.” Many listeners felt connections with the lyrics. “But I say that I hate you with a smile on my face” from “Favorite Crime” really caught my eye. These lyrics represented the anger and disappointment she is trying to portray for this song. 

“SOUR” is an album I can play on repeat with no skips. Each song relates to the same relationship but different times and experiences she had from it. It is incredible how successful and talented Rodrigo is at just 18-years-old.