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Olivia Rodrigo’s “GUTS” Delivers On Many Levels

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Katie Lattin
“GUTS” album cover.

In January 2021, 17-year-old Olivia Rodrigo released her first single “drivers license,” and the song became more popular than anyone could have imagined. A few months following the release of “drivers license,” she released her debut album “SOUR”, which quickly soared to number one on the charts and broke many records. It’s been two years of no new music since then, but now Rodrigo’s second album, “GUTS” is out and doing extremely well.

This album is different from “SOUR” for several reasons. First, the style of music is different. Although “SOUR” dipped into the pop-punk genre a little bit with songs such as “good 4 u” and “brutal,” many of the songs on “GUTS” have fully embraced this genre. Additionally, the overall vibe of the album is different. Rodrigo, now 20, is trying to move away from the teen-angst sound on “SOUR” to create more mature music.

My favorite songs from this album were the more sad and lyrical songs such as “making the bed,” “logical,” and “the grudge,” because Olivia Rodrigo is a very strong lyricist and I enjoy songs with good lyrics.  I also enjoyed some of the more upbeat songs such as “love is embarrassing” and “all american b****” because they were fun to listen to and involved some creative lyrics.

One of the reasons I strongly recommend this album is the wide variety of musical genres. There’s a song everyone can enjoy on this album, whether you like sad and lyrical songs, pop-punk songs, ballads, or upbeat pop. Although “SOUR” had variety, “GUTS” has taken it to another level as Rodrigo continues to explore her sound. If you were a fan of her last album, this album is definitely worth listening to. Overall, “GUTS” is an extremely strong album that proves Olivia Rodrigo is not a one-hit wonder.

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Lilah Johnson
Lilah Johnson, Staff Writer
Hi! My name is Lilah and I'm a freshman. I love journalism and so I love getting to write for Spectrum. My favorite part is the huge variety of things that I get to write about. In my free time, I like watching baseball, listening to music, and playing soccer.

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