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Olivia Rodrigo’s Songs About Rising Pains

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Olivia Rodrigo simply launched her second album, “Guts,” which is, a minimum of in some methods, an extension of her 2021 debut album, “Bitter.” She performs with related musical approaches, splitting her time between piano balladry and punkish pop-rock. (She remains to be working with the identical producer, Daniel Nigro.)

However in different methods, it’s an evolution. Earlier than, she was a younger performer simply out of the Disney ecosystem singing about teen heartbreak. Now, she’s received two years of pop stardom underneath her belt, and she or he’s skilled the entire lows that include fame (and presumably a few of the highs, too). That publicity has deepened her songwriting, and made her a outstanding pop skeptic working within the warmth of the highlight.

On this week’s Popcast, a dialog about Rodrigo’s fast rise, and the methods during which she’s chosen to mirror on it in her songs; her playfulness with style and vocal model; and the potential futures in entrance of her.


  • Caryn Ganz, The New York Instances’s pop music editor

  • Lindsay Zoladz, a pop music critic for The New York Instances and author of The Amplifier e-newsletter

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