Written By: Fletcher Bonin
This first track ‘WILD’ off of Troye Sivan’s latest album Blue Neighborhood sets the tone for the whole masterpiece. This first song ‘WILD’ features a chanting choir in the background and the smooth background melodies that characterize nearly all of the tracks on the album. Though he is only twenty-one years old, one listen to this album will prove that there are already present layers of complexity to this young singer. His voice is simultaneously soft and powerful, passionate and mature, reckless and controlled. His songs relay experiences rather than simply pop hits.
Delicately tripped piano keys work their way through the album, paired masterfully with his velvet warble. Though this collection of sixteen tracks is Sivan’s debut album, his sound is that of a much more experienced musician. Indeed, the song ‘BITE’ features some of these more mature themes as he sings “kiss me on the mouth and set me free, but please don’t bite.” This song is a slowly rendered, tremendously personal and heartfelt ballad. His breathy vocals elucidate the introspective and openhearted nature of this album.
Further, the song ‘THE QUIET’ showcases Sivan’s vulnerability and youth, while somehow too underscoring his understanding and comprehension of themes far beyond his years. On this track, he sings “I’d rather be spitting blood than have this silence fuck me up.” Of course, ‘YOUTH’ is easily the most popular song off the album what with its clear pop appeal. However, I personally enjoyed ‘COOL’ the most. This seems to be telling more of a story about growing up and outlasting pain, as he sings “I was just trying to be cool, just trying to be like you,” a sentiment I think we have all felt at one point or another. As for a fun song to simply put on while hanging out with friends, I would recommend ‘for him’ as the feature of Allday on this song strengthens and fortifies the track as a whole. With Blue Neighborhood, Sivan has arrived and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.