Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Pop: 18 Year Old Olivia Rodrigo Makes Debut Akin to Alanis and Avril with “Sour” Album, Repurposes Taylor Swift Song


Olivia Rodrigo has arrived.

After having a massive hit with “Driver’s License” this winter, the 18 year old dropped her first album last night. It’s called “Sour.” And went right to number 1.

Rodrigo, who just performed on “Saturday Night Live,” makes a debut in the grand tradition of Alanis Morissette, Avril Lavigne,Janis Ian, and even Billie Eilish.

Unlike Billie, Rodrigo is much more punk, more rough edged, and has a larger voice that suits her big arrangements.

Rodrigo’s album, I think, is a triumph. She was more than assisted in her endeavor by Dan Nigro. On one track, Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff share a writing credit. That’s because Rodrigo and Nigro incorporated a Swift song into “1 step forward, 3 steps back.” The Swift song is called “New Year’s Day,” and now it’s been repurposed. That’s the way it is these days. You can tell it’s being pitched as the next single because it’s track four on the album. Clean up hitter.

Teen age girls singing songs of woe are a pop tradition. Welcome, Olivia Rodrigo!



Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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