SOUR

By Olivia Pocat

Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album, SOUR, encompasses wonderful music and amazing songwriting, all stemming from a very sour period in Olivia’s life. This album struck the world by storm, especially after the release of popular singles “driver’s license”, “deja vu”, and “good 4 u”. After finding fame in being a disney channel star, both for Bizaardvark and in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Olivia found newfound fame on TikTok where her songs were going viral. Shortly after its release, “driver’s license” hit the charts and became the number one single for eight weeks. Her next releases, “deja vu” and “good 4 u”, became popular hits as well. These songs made Olivia Rodrigo the first artist in history to debut their first three proper singles inside the top 10 of the Hot 100, and SOUR the first debut album in history to spawn two number-one debuts on the chart. It’s popularity received attention from popular artists such as Taylor Swift and Lorde. 

The album itself is classified as pop, but the songs within it differ from pop punk to bedroom pop ballads. 

brutal

The opening number to the album and a “last minute addition” to the record. Olivia felt a personal connection to the song, and knew she had to put it in the album. On the Zach Sang show, Olivia says that this song describes “an ego crush”, which she says is something most teenagers experience, as well as a “pity party” for yourself because nobody likes you.

traitor

This song is about a boyfriend that falls in love with another girl while they’re still together. It’s an awesome song that seems to be very personal to Olivia. She sings it with deep emotion and sentiment.

driver’s license

Olivia wrote this song by incorporating aspects of her childhood. She wrote the song about getting her driver’s license, shortly after she got her driver’s license and drove around crying. She used cool musical effects to create the catchy bop as well. 

1 step forward, 3 steps back

Olivia included cool elements into this song, including bird chirps, which were recorded by her producer, Dan. Rodrigo also included chords from Taylor Swift’s song ‘New Years Day’. 

She states that it’s a “cool way to describe this toxic, sort of manipulative, relationship”. 

deja vu

Olivia wrote this song with Dan Nigro, and took inspiration from the “cool concept of deja vu”. She says that this song was mostly based on cool concepts or ideas that her and her producer decided would fit perfectly into the song.

good 4 u

This song sounds like a 2000s pop punk song, derived from Olivia’s love of alternative rock and angsty music. When she wrote “good 4 u”, making it upbeat, Olivia had to sacrifice some of her emotions. 

enough for you

This song is about any type of relationship, and how one can feel inadequate no matter what situation they are put into. It’s also an awesome song that Olivia wrote entirely by herself. She describes it as a vulnerable and powerful song that gives hope and describes what it’s like to get over a breakup.

happier 

This song describes wishing your ex a happy time with their new partner. It also encompasses jealousy, proven through the lyrics that say that her ex should find someone great, but not as great as she is. It shows how someone needs to let go of their heartbreak.

jealousy jealousy

Olivia wrote this song in a time when she was consumed with how she looked on social media and how people perceived her. She says that she wants people to see themselves in the song, and relate to the words, to think they are important.

favorite crime

Olivia sings to a toxic ex about their relationship in this song. She reacts to how poorly he treated her, by enjoying treating her like a criminal. It describes having been in love with your ex, while they don’t love you back. 

hope ur okay

Olivia describes this song as the perfect closing track because of how emotional it makes her. She wanted to end her sad, angry record on a positive note with a song that displays comfort and support. When asked, Olivia also said that this song is the hardest for her to listen to.

Zach Sang Show interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJFaB20SanQ&t=149s 

Rolling Stone interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxJfUoZFx8Y The New York Times interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWq_ma9ZDxk