So Good (Zara Larsson album)

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So Good
Zara Larsson - So Good.png
Studio album by Zara Larsson
Released17 March 2017 (2017-03-17)[1]
RecordedMay, July 2015 – March 2016, January 2017
Genre
Length50:31
Label
Producer
Zara Larsson chronology
The Remixes
(2015)
So Good
(2017)
Singles from So Good
  1. "Lush Life"
    Released: 5 June 2015
  2. "Never Forget You"
    Released: 22 July 2015
  3. "Ain't My Fault"
    Released: 2 September 2016
  4. "I Would Like"
    Released: 11 November 2016
  5. "So Good"
    Released: 27 January 2017
  6. "Symphony"
    Released: 17 March 2017
  7. "Don't Let Me Be Yours"
    Released: 12 May 2017
  8. "Only You"
    Released: 11 August 2017[6]

So Good is the second studio album by Swedish singer and songwriter Zara Larsson, and her first released internationally.[7] It was released on 17 March 2017, through Epic Records and TEN Music Group.[1] The album was originally scheduled to be released in May 2016 and then in January 2017; however, it was delayed so that changes could be made to a number of tracks.[8]

Background, composition, and Label Troubles[edit]

"I do pop. Pop is everything from The Weeknd, to Taylor Swift, to Beyoncé, to Rihanna, and [my album So Good is] a good mix of everything. There are some very soulful songs on there but also electronic dance songs, and also pure pop, darker songs with a trap vibe."

— Larsson explaining the genre of the album.[9]

So Good features songs primarily in a pop style, as well as several rhythmic and dance songs, and several ballads.[7] It also incorporates R&B[5] and tropical house influences.[4]

In a late 2015 interview with Idolator, Larsson confirmed she worked with Dr. Luke.[10] However, his work did not make the final cut of the album. During an interview with Billboard, Larsson confirmed she worked with Max Martin's team on the project, saying: "I worked with so many. Me and MNEK have done a lot of other songs. Me and the Max Martin team. Not Max Martin himself, but hopefully next time. The team is really good. The Monsters & Strangerz, I love them so much. And just a lot of super talented people—R. City, Justin Tranter, so many good people. Whoever you meet, they're like, 'I just wrote a No. 1 for this or that.' Everyone has something to brag about, which is what I would do if I wrote that good songs."[11] Larsson also worked with Stargate and Charlie Puth. During an interview with Digital Spy, Zara confirmed that every song on the album was written and produced by a different production team.[12]

The first songs recorded for the album were Lush Life and Never Forget You, both in May 2015. I Would Like and Ain't My Fault were recorded in the summer of 2015, July/August 2015. Funeral was recorded in that September, along with the unreleased track, Push Pull. Mississippi was originally recorded in October 2015; meanwhile, Ain't My Fault was tweaked in December 2015. Make That Money Girl and Sundown were recorded in January 2016. I Can't Fall In Love Without You and Only You were both recorded in February 2016. Zara and Ed Sheeran recorded Don't Let Me Be Yours in March 2016. At this point, Zara thought the album was done, but her label refused to release the album in May 2016. By May 2016, Zara scrapped the album and started recording a new one. She was finishing it up in January 2017, her record label made her record some new additions to the album: What They Say, TG4M, and So Good. During this month, Zara rerecorded some songs: Mississippi, Only You, and Sundown. Yet, she pursued Symphony independently of her record label and recorded it in the same month.

Singles[edit]

Larsson released lead single "Lush Life" on 4 June 2015 in Sweden and on 9 June 2015 worldwide.[13][14][15][16] Two music videos were released for the song—one directed by Måns Nyman[17] and another directed by Mary Clerté.[18] It was a worldwide success, reaching the top 10 in several countries including the United Kingdom,[19] Australia,[20] Germany[21] and Spain.[22]

On 22 July 2015, "Never Forget You" was released in the United Kingdom as a digital download.[23] A music video, directed by Richard Paris Wilson, was released on 17 September 2015.[24] The song reached the top 10 in several countries, including the United Kingdom,[19] Sweden,[25] Denmark[26] and Finland,[27] and became both Larsson and MNEK's first US entry, peaking at number 13 in May 2016. The single was certified 4× Platinum in Sweden[28] and 2× Platinum in the US.[29]

On 2 September 2016, "Ain't My Fault" was released as the third single from the album.[30][31] Its official music video, directed by Emil Nava, was premiered via Larsson's Vevo account on 30 September 2016.[32] It reached the top 20 in Australia,[20] United Kingdom,[19] Finland[27] and Denmark[26] among others, peaking at number one in Sweden.[25]

On 11 November 2016, "I Would Like" was released as a promotional single, and later released as an official single for the United Kingdom due to overwhelming support from the country. Larsson performed the song on the thirteenth series of The X Factor UK on 4 December 2016.[33] The song reached the top 10 in several countries, including the United Kingdom[19] and Ireland.[34]

On 27 January 2017, "So Good" featuring Ty Dolla $ign was released as the fifth single from the album. The official music video for the song, directed by Sarah McColgan, premiered on 3 February 2017, via Larsson's Vevo channel.[35] They performed the song on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on 7 February 2017[36] and on The Wendy Williams Show on 23 March 2017.[37] It reached the top 10 on the Sverigetopplistan in Sweden, where it was certified Gold[28] and reached number seven.[25]

On 17 March 2017, "Symphony", by Clean Bandit featuring Larsson, was released as the sixth single from the album,[38] as well as the third single from Clean Bandit's upcoming second album.[39][40] The music video, directed by Clean Bandit's members Grace Chatto and Jack Patterson, premiered the same day.[39] They gave the first live performance of the song on The Voice UK on 18 March 2017.[41] The song reached the top 10 of countries like Australia, Finland,[27] Germany and Ireland,[34] and also reached the number one position in Norway, the United Kingdom,[19] Scotland[42] and Sweden. As well as becoming Larsson's fifth number one in her home country,[25] it also gave Larsson her first number one single in the UK.

On 12 May 2017, "Don't Let Me Be Yours", a song written by Ed Sheeran, was released as a single in the United Kingdom and later on promoted in Australia. The official music video was released on the same day. The song reached the top 40 in her home country of Sweden during the week of her album's debut on the chart.

On 11 August 2017, "Only You", was released as the eighth and final single from the album, promoted in Francophone countries with a remix from Canadian singer Olivier Dion[43], and in German speaking countries with a version featuring German icon NENA[44]. The song reached the top five in Sweden and the top 40 in Norway.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic76/100[45]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[46]
Financial Times3/5 stars[47]
The Guardian3/5 stars[4]
NME4/5 stars[2]

On Metacritic, the album received a score of 76 out of 100 based on four reviews, indicating "generally favorable" reception.[45] Harriet Gibsone of The Guardian gave the album a three-star rating out of five, describing the album as "sugar-soaked postmodern pop", saying Larsson is like a "Rihanna-doting teen gatecrashing a tropical house party, gun fingers blazing, and her sugar-soaked songs are imbued with honesty". Gibsone also mentioned how the album "just about works in 2017, but at a time when pop continually looks to the future, So Good is in danger of dating quickly".[4] Nick Levine from NME gave the album four stars out of five, saying how the "big hits you know are obviously brilliant", but describing some of the "ballads towards the end" as "dull".[48]

Track listing[edit]

Track listing taken from iTunes.[1]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."What They Say"3:38
2."Lush Life"
  • Emanuel Abrahamsson
  • Marcus Sepehrmanesh
  • Linnea Södahl
  • Fridolin Walcher
  • Christoph Bauss
  • Iman Conta Hultén
3:20
3."I Would Like"3:44
4."So Good" (featuring Ty Dolla $ign)2:46
5."TG4M"
  • Joakim Haukaas
  • Sepehrmanesh
  • Södahl
  • Kid Joki
2:52
6."Only You"
  • Astma & Rocwell
  • Markus Sepehrmanesh
3:42
7."Never Forget You" (with MNEK)
  • MNEK
  • Astronomyy[b]
3:32
8."Sundown" (featuring Wizkid)
3:25
9."Don't Let Me Be Yours"3:19
10."Make That Money Girl"
3:18
11."Ain't My Fault"
  • Larsson
  • Emenike
  • Sepehrmanesh
3:44
12."One Mississippi"Ball3:07
13."Funeral"
  • Larsson
  • Jason Gill
  • Ana Diaz
  • Gill
  • Sepehrmanesh
3:35
14."I Can't Fall in Love Without You"
  • Christian Waltz
  • Hampus Lindvall
  • Jerker Hansson
  • Lindvall
2:57
15."Symphony" (Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson) (bonus track)
3:32
Total length:50:31

Notes

Sample credits

  • "I Would Like" contains a portion of the composition of "Dat Sexy Body", written by Sasha and Anthony Kelly.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[50]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[82] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[83] Gold 40,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[84] Platinum 20,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[85] Gold 25,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[86] Gold 7,500^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[87] Platinum 30,000*
Sweden (GLF)[88] 2× Platinum 80,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[89] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[90] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United Kingdom 17 March 2017
[1]

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