Bloom (Capitol Records)
The Australian singer-songwriter’s sophomore album is sexy, confident and unabashedly queer. The former YouTuber (who was one of the first internet stars to come out publicly via vlog back in 2013) tackles desire, despair and intrigue on one of the finest pop records released this calendar year. “Seventeen” opens Bloom by detailing an encounter he had while underage with a man he met on a dating app. The title track cheekily and coyly chronicles his first time in a submissive sexual role. The definitive highlight of the release is its lead single and video,“My My My” — a liberating number describing that butterflies-in-your-stomach effect upon first meeting and ultimately embracing a lover. Elsewhere on Bloom, Troye duets with Ariana Grande on the bouncy “Dance to This” and strips production down to little more than an acoustic guitar on the stunning, yet totally heart-wrenching, “The Good Side.” Catch Troye Sivan on the Bloom tour starting September 21 in Irving, TX. For dates, visit troyesivan.com.
Last modified: October 19, 2018