Bloom (Troye Sivan album)

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Bloom
Troye Sivan - Bloom (Official Album Cover).png
Studio album by Troye Sivan
Released 31 August 2018 (2018-08-31)
Genre
Length 36:47
Label
Producer
Troye Sivan chronology
Blue Neighbourhood
(2015)
Bloom
(2018)
Singles from Bloom
  1. "My My My!"
    Released: 10 January 2018
  2. "The Good Side"
    Released: 19 January 2018
  3. "Bloom"
    Released: 2 May 2018
  4. "Dance to This"
    Released: 13 June 2018
  5. "Animal"
    Released: 9 August 2018

Bloom is the second studio album by Australian singer and songwriter Troye Sivan, released on 31 August 2018 through EMI Australia and Capitol Records. The album follows up his 2015 debut studio album, Blue Neighbourhood, and features guest appearances from Gordi and Ariana Grande. It was preceded by the release of the singles "My My My!", "The Good Side", "Bloom", "Dance to This" and "Animal".

Composition[edit]

Bloom has been called Sivan's "sex album",[3] as well as "darker", "more guitar-driven" and "more danceable" than his previous material.[4][5] It has also been described as containing material about defiant gay expression;[4] the first song, "Seventeen", is about a sexual experience Sivan had with a man he met on Grindr.[4] Sivan wrote most of the album with American musicians Leland and Allie X.[3] The album's production was primarily handled by Bram Inscore, Oscar Görres, Oscar Holter and Ariel Rechtshaid.

Release and promotion[edit]

"My My My!" was released as the lead single from the album on 10 January 2018, and was accompanied by a music video directed by Grant Singer.[6] The second single "The Good Side", was released nine days later. It is an acoustic track about a breakup, with Sivan explaining that the song is an open letter to an ex-boyfriend.[7] The title track "Bloom", a song about queer desire,[8] was released on 2 May as the third single.[9] "Dance to This", featuring American singer Ariana Grande, was released on 13 June as the album's fourth single.[10] The fifth single, "Animal", was released on 9 August.[11] On 14 June, Sivan announced a Target special edition would be released featuring two new songs, "This This" and "Running Shoes".[12] The album was released on 31 August 2018 by EMI Music Australia and Capitol Records.[13]

In promotion of the album, Sivan will embark on the Bloom Tour, which begun on 21 September in Irving, Texas.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic86/100[15]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[16]
The A.V. ClubB[17]
The Guardian4/5 stars[18]
The Independent5/5 stars[19]
The Line of Best Fit9/10[20]
NME5/5 stars[21]
Pitchfork7.5/10[22]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[23]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars[24]
Q4/5 stars[25]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, Bloom received an average score of 86, based on 14 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[15] Giving the album a perfect score, The Independent's Douglas Greenwood wrote, "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."[19] AllMusic critic Neil Z. Yeung stated that "Bloom is an unambiguous statement from Sivan, clear in its intent to celebrate the highs and lows of queer love through the eyes of a proud pop star in the making."[16] Annie Zaleski from The A.V. Club opined that "Bloom's beauty and gifts reveal themselves gradually over time."[17]

Writing for The Guardian, Alexis Petridis stated that "the results are characterful", elaborating: "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."[18] Brittany Spanos of Rolling Stone said, "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."[23] The Line of Best Fit writer Claire Biddles stated, "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."[20]

Commercial performance[edit]

Bloom debuted at number three in Australia, making it Sivan's highest-charting studio album in his home country.[26] It opened at number four on the US Billboard 200 with 72,000 album-equivalent units, including 59,000 pure album sales.[27] It is his highest-charting release and best sales week to date on the Billboard 200.[27]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from album's liner notes and Qobuz.[28][29]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Seventeen"
  • Inscore
  • McLaughlin[c]
3:38
2."My My My!"
Görres3:25
3."The Good Side"
4:29
4."Bloom"Holter3:42
5."Postcard" (featuring Gordi)
  • Inscore
  • McLaughlin[c]
3:36
6."Dance to This" (featuring Ariana Grande)
Holter3:51
7."Plum"
  • Sivan
  • McLaughlin
  • Görres
  • Ghaleb
  • Hughes
Görres3:06
8."What a Heavenly Way to Die"
  • Sivan
  • McLaughlin
  • Inscore
  • Hughes
  • Inscore
  • McLaughlin[c]
3:07
9."Lucky Strike"Hope3:28
10."Animal"
  • Sivan
  • McLaughlin
  • Inscore
  • Hughes
  • Rechtshaid
  • Latham
  • Josiah Sherman
4:25
Total length:36:47

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[c] signifies a vocal producer

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[26] 3
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[34] 25
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[35] 10
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[36] 34
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[37] 13
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[38] 6
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[39] 21
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[40] 16
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[41] 14
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[42] 35
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[43] 37
Irish Albums (IRMA)[44] 7
Italian Albums (FIMI)[45] 31
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[46] 118
Japanese Hot Albums (Billboard Japan)[47] 93
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[48] 3
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[49] 11
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[50] 15
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[51] 20
Scottish Albums (OCC)[52] 12
Slovakian Albums (SNS IFPI)[53] 11
South Korean Albums (Gaon)[54] 21
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[55] 13
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[56] 15
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[57] 19
UK Albums (OCC)[58] 10
US Billboard 200[27] 4

Release history[edit]

Region Date Edition Format Label Ref.
Various 31 August 2018 Standard EMI Music Australia
United States Urban Outfitters limited LP Capitol Records
Target exclusive CD
Japan Japan deluxe Universal Music Japan

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