A Not So Sour Take on Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour Album

A Not So Sour Take on Olivia Rodrigos Sour Album

Mary Beth Morgan, Staff Writer

The teenage years are represented in movies and songs as the best time of your life. If you have ever stepped foot in a high school, you immediately know this isn’t true. Yes it may be a fun time that you’ll always remember, but there are a ton of embarrassing moments, heartbreak, and confusion. Olivia Rodrigo easily shows this in her music. She shows all the harder parts of life in your young adult years like break ups, anxiety, and letting go of your childhood. 

Olivia Rodrigo took the world by storm when she released her song “Drivers License”. Before this she was still pretty famous because of her appearance in hit Disney TV shows like “Bizaardvark” and “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” (HSMTMTS) . She had already written the famous song “All I Want” for her character in HSMTMTS. She was really only known by Disney fans until her release of “Drivers License”. She then released two more songs, “Deja Vu” and “Good 4 U”, before releasing the full album “Sour”. The Sour album has a total of 11 songs most of which are about heartbreak and break ups. 

Most people experience heartbreak, not being liked back, or being betrayed by that special person. The first time we start to feel these emotions is in high school. When 18 year old Olivia Rodrigo is able to write an album filled with the pain and emotions we’ve all felt of course it becomes a huge success. She somehow wrote an album that almost everyone could relate to. Personally I was able to feel the same emotions she felt in all 11 songs. In her most popular song “Drivers License” she wrote “And I just can’t imagine how you could be so okay, now that I’m gone”. It really is so relatable because I think we all have those people who are able to hurt us, but they always seem to be unfazed by the situation. 

She also is able to explain all the annoyances and pains of being a teenager. Everyone remembers all the jealousy and insecurities they felt during their time in high school. In her song “Jealousy, Jealousy” she says, “’Cause all I see are girls too good to be true, With paper-white teeth and perfect bodies, wish I didn’t care”. Everyone has experienced feeling that they are not enough. Not pretty enough, smart enough, etc. She was able to write a fun and catchy song about the negative experiences we all face. 

If you are ever looking for music to get you through your harder times of life, I would definitely suggest listening to any music by Olivia Rodrigo. Her lovely voice mixed with her thoughtful lyrics makes the most beautiful collection of thoughts and feelings that we can all feel and think with her. It’s no wonder her album hit the top charts for weeks after it’s release. She says the words that listeners were unable to say followed by a tune that matches the emotions of the songs perfectly. It helps listeners to connect with their feelings in a healthy way and get all of the frustration, anger, and sadness out in a healthy way.