Is it too early to name track of the 12 months? Olivia Rodrigo’s debut single “Drivers License” makes it troublesome to not consider that each she and the shifting energy ballad are meant to fully dominate 2021.
Rodrigo’s nostalgic, piano-assisted track builds slowly as a narrative in regards to the 17-year-old lastly getting her license to drive. But the monumental event is soured by her heartbreak: she was supposed to have a good time the accomplishment along with her ex, who has moved on to an older blonde that she reveals is “all the pieces I’m insecure about.” So Rodrigo drives by the suburbs, heartbroken and indignant, questioning if any of the sentiments had been ever even actual.
As the track progresses, Rodrigo’s voice builds to cathartic howls of ache, and the bridge is a lush, layered launch as she reveals “I nonetheless fuckin’ love you.” The preparations and Dan Nigro’s manufacturing are harking back to Lorde’s Melodrama, offering shocking theatrics to Rodrigo’s singer-songwriter confessional. The lyrics and detailed storytelling are all from the Taylor Swift School of Music, with the younger star channeling Swift’s Fearless, the place the then-19-year-old was balancing each her desires of a fairytale romance and the way in which her imaginative and prescient of that fairytale was rapidly souring. Like Swift, Lorde, and all their heroes earlier than them, Rodrigo is in a position to create one thing shifting and relatable with out dropping the distinctive specificity of her storytelling that makes you’re feeling such as you’re watching a film of her life play out in your earbuds.
Before “Drivers License,” Rodrigo was constructing a reputation for herself over the previous 5 years by Disney. She received her begin on Bizaardvark and has been the lead on High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, a Disney+ unique. Through the collection, she started exhibiting off her writing chops, contributing songs to the soundtrack that she wrote along with her co-star Joshua Bassett (who can be the rumored topic of “Drivers License”).
If Rodrigo is already penning songs this emotionally potent at age 17 and as her mere debut, it’s anybody’s guess the place she’ll go from right here. She may probably develop into pop’s subsequent nice raconteur. Until then, we’ll simply be driving by the suburbs, blasting this track, feeling and reliving all her old flame emotions proper alongside along with her.