- Olivia Rodrigo released her highly anticipated debut album, “Sour,” on Friday.
- Reactions have been overwhelmingly positive, particularly to Rodrigo’s emotional songwriting.
- Millennial jokes and memes about relating to the music are taking over Twitter.
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Olivia Rodrigo’s talent for angsty, heartbroken lyrics is uniting Millennials and Zoomers online.
On Friday, the “Drivers License” singer unveiled her highly anticipated debut album, “Sour.”
The reception has been overwhelmingly positive – Insider’s own review scored the album a 9.5 out of 10 – particularly in regards to the teenager’s emotional songwriting.
“There is a widespread appeal to the kaleidoscopic sentiments Rodrigo navigates,” Insider’s music editor Courteney Larocca wrote. “Don’t ever underestimate an 18-year-old girl with a broken heart, a guitar, and a deep understanding of [Taylor] Swift’s discography. She’ll sing you to tears.”
Indeed, grown adults have found themselves relating to Rodrigo’s music, and “Millennials listening to Olivia Rodrigo” has become a widespread meme on Twitter.
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Others are joking about how they would’ve reacted to “Sour” in high school, or how much they needed this album as a heartbroken teenager.
“If I was in high school when these Olivia rodrigo songs came out it would have been everyone’s problem,” reads one popular tweet with nearly 100,000 likes.
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Rodrigo currently stars on the Disney Plus spinoff series “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” She signed with Geffen/Interscope as a solo artist when a song she wrote for her character, “All I Want,” became a surprise TikTok hit in 2020.
Her official debut single “Drivers License” was released in January and rapidly broke streaming records. It reigned atop the Billboard Hot 100 for eight consecutive weeks.
Rodrigo has repeatedly declined to identify any of her exes or speak about her songs’ real-life inspirations.
“I think the drama takes away from the songwriting,” she recently told Nylon. “I completely understand people’s curiosity. I get so curious about my favorite songwriters and the meaning behind their songs.”
“But songwriting and singer-songwriter music in particular is so special because you can be as specific as you want, but there’s still [space to] fill in the blanks. And lots of the time, people will fill in the blanks with details from their own life,” she continued. “As long as the song means something to you, it’s all good.”