Everything You Need to Know About Olivia Rodrigo’s Debut Album, ‘Sour’
Laura Lee - July 27, 2021

The True Meaning Of Life

By Pat A. FlemingPublished: July 2017

The Years have passed by,
In the blink of an eye,
Moments of sadness,
And joy have flown by.

People I loved,
Have come and have gone,
But the world never stopped,
And we all carried on.

Life wasn't easy,
And the struggles were there,
Filled with times that it mattered,
Times I just didn't care.

I stood on my own,
And I still found my way,
Through some nights filled with tears,
And the dawn of new days.

And now with old age,
It's become very clear,
Things I once found important,
Were not why I was here.

And how many things,
That I managed to buy,
Were never what made me,
Feel better inside.

And the worries and fears,
That plagued me each day,
In the end of it all,
Would just fade away.

But how much I reached out,
To others when needed,
Would be the true measure,
Of how I succeeded.

And how much I shared,
Of my soul and my heart,
Would ultimately be,
What set me apart.

And what's really important,
Is my opinion of me,
And whether or not,
I'm the best I can be.

And how much more kindness,
And love I can show,
Before the Lord tells me,
It's my time to go.

2021 is Olivia Rodrigo’s year, and not a single thing can stop her. When she released her smash hit single “Drivers License” earlier this year, Olivia turned into a teen superstar overnight! Naturally, the next thing to do is release her first-ever album, Sour, while she continues to have the world’s attention. So since you’re just curious to know everything about this record, we did the detective work to learn all the details about Olivia’s forthcoming debut. You’re! Welcome!


So what is the album going to sound like? Olivia may be one of pop’s biggest rising stars at the moment, but that doesn’t mean she’s planning on serving up teen-friendly bubblegum pop only. In an interview with The Face, Olivia said, “I suppose I’m considered a pop artist, but I’ve never felt like one. This album is full of stuff that I like, which is so diverse. There are elements of alternative rock in there, alt-pop, some country, and definitely a lot of folk. I think anyone can find something they like hidden in one of the songs.”


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Olivia further revealed that she was inspired by the ​“pouty” and ​“angsty” sounds of No Doubt and the White Stripes during the recording of the album. She’s also a big fan of Taylor Swift, Lorde, Alanis Morissette, and Phoebe Bridgers, so definitely expect the unexpected!


Olivia told The Face that she wrote a good chunk of the songs on Sour while she was 17, which, as we know, is a wild time in anyone’s life. In Olivia’s own words, she started working on the album at a “really strange age where you’re figuring out so many things: how you want to be treated, love and heartbreak, how you fit into the world, and how you relate to other people…[Sour] is me grappling with all of them. It wasn’t something I wrote in hindsight. It’s very much how I was feeling at that time. I needed to write those songs to process those emotions.”


Olivia’s exclusively working with Dan Nigro, a producer and songwriter who’s most prominently worked with Conan Gray, Lewis Capaldi, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sky Ferriera, and Zella Day, to name a few. Dan contacted Olivia through her Instagram DMs after stumbling onto a video of her singing, and the two have been making great songs together ever since.