Troye Sivan is Australian born actor, singer, and YouTube personality who gained popularity by starring in the Spud series. He used his platform to become an AIDS and HIV activist as well as an outspoken member of the LGBTQIA community.  Sivan has recently ventured again into music with his first full length album, Blue NeighbourhoodBlue Neighbourhood released on December 4th, 2015 to a mixed reception by critics. The singles of the album were “Wild”, “Talk Me Down”, and “Youth.”  While these songs were passable and “Wild” became a bit of a pop-anthem, they aren’t the reason this album sticks around.  It’s a bit like looking at the leaves instead of the tree.

The album, largely comprised of love songs, earned a spotlight this week by presenting a well woven work made up of electronic beats and soulful, vulnerable vocals and lyrics. This urban symphony has its highs and lows, but should really be enjoyed and absorbed as a whole.  Songs like “Bite” add a very enjoyable and interesting tinge of darkness to the album sonically as well as thematically.  On the other hand, songs like “Cool”, “Wild”, and “Youth” add the brighter, happier elements to the work.

While on the surface this album may appear to be yet another collection of songs about youth struggles and finding oneself etc. I think that it ultimately has more to offer than that.  This album revamps tired themes in an interesting and inventive way. It is certainly worth a listen.

Score: 8 out of 10

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Image sources: pedestrian.tv, EMI Australia

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