Troye Sivan’s Bloom gets ‘universal acclaim’ from critics
Troye Sivan’s new album Bloom has been met with rave reviews.
The record is the peak of an era which started in what feels like the year 201 BC with the release of My My My! as the lead single; and it’s since been followed by The Good Side, Bloom, Dance To This and Animal.
But the payoff has been great, with swathes of euphoric reviews flooding in for the sadpop opus.
Metacritic has assigned it an aggregated rating of 86/100, indicating “universal acclaim”.
Among the highlights:
Five stars from The Independent
“Making perfect pop isn’t easy, but Troye Sivan is a star who’s done his homework. With one foot in pop’s past and another in its present, Bloom is a record that could turn its considerate maker into one of mainstream music’s most revered and fascinating talents. Sivan should be proud that it will touch hearts and win him fans – both gay and straight – on the way.”
Five stars from NME
“There is certainly something to be said for the amount of dopamine that permeates every inch of the record. Troye Sivan and other queer pop stars frequently find themselves lumped with common tags – “unapologetically out” is one clumsy term that often gets thrown about. As much as it’s often a cliché, unapologetic – or rather, completely empowered – is a mood that applies wholeheartedly to ‘Bloom’. Here, Sivan has created an album that does away with any apology; instead it sees him seize happiness with both hands.”
Four stars from The Guardian
“Bloom is done and dusted in 35 crisp minutes – a time at which some pop albums are reaching their mid-point – and feels like a coherent, artist-led album rather than a bet-spreading collection of songs designed to hit every popular musical base. Listening to Animal or What a Heavenly Way to Die, with its distorted electric piano and lyrical lifts from the Smiths, you’re never struck by the feeling of interchangeability that frequently attends pop albums: the sense that the star of the show is somehow surplus to requirements; that however well-written these songs are, pretty much anyone could be singing them.”
Four stars from Rolling Stone
“Musically, Bloom plays it fairly safe, awash in the aforementioned gentle synths as well as ambient drum fills. The golden ticket is in the details, piercing scenes of lips that taste like Lucky Strike cigarettes (“Lucky Strike”) or the metaphorical plums and tangerines of “Plum.” Well beyond the already stellar dismissal of heteronormative storylines in pop love stories, Sivan finds a wealth of ways to bring about fresh reflections on age-old themes with undeniable charisma.”
Nine out of ten from The Line of Best Fit
“Bloom is an exceptional pop album, but maybe more importantly it’s a beacon for queer people who struggle to reconcile our neuroses – societal and personal – with our potential for joy and love.. Bloom is a triumphant queer love story, a fairytale romance that is tangible because it grows through the cracks of self-doubt that are all too familiar for so many of us. Sivan’s is a joy that could be all of ours, if only we’d stop daydreaming and make our first steps out into the night.”
Bloom by Troye Sivan is out now.