The lustfully melodic album — which was heavily influenced by his boyfriend — is an ethereally storybook that feels so personal to Sivan, while also feeling relatable to his fans.
The ten track album brings much needed queer representation into the music scene with hits such as “Seventeen,” which tells his story about a relationship with an older man, and the album titled track, “Bloom,” which is literally about gay sex.
While there are a handful of sensual tracks on the album, others play on the softer side of Sivan. “Animal” offers a beautiful ballad to his boyfriend, Jacob Bixenman, “An ode to the boy I love / Boy, I’ll die to care for you / you’re mine, mine, mine, tell me who do I owe that to?” and in, “The Good Side,” Sivan apologizes to an ex for falling out of love, “Then I got the good side of new / Found arms to fall right into / I know how it looked, it wasn’t the plan / And some day I hope that you’ll understand.”
Through the ups and downs of love and romance and the euphoric refrains, there remains one key consistency throughout Bloom: Sivan. Is. Confident. With pop energy thriving through the album single, “My My My!” and the Ariana Grande featured, “Dance To This,” you can clearly hear the growth in production, vocals, and writing.
The 23-year-old has come a long way since his 2015 freshman album, Blue Neighbourhood — and now ladies and sisters — we have gotten to the point in this post where I get real sentimental:
Blue Neighbourhood came out at a time when I really needed it. My family had recently split up and all moved to separate states. I was about to graduate from high school. I was about to move out of a small city on the Wisconsin borderline, all the way to the big city of Chicago…. I was leaving all of my childhood friends behind…
Blue Neighbourhood came out at a time when everything in my life was changing and I was going to be entirely on my own for the first time.
While Bloom drips with maturity and confidence, Blue Neighbourhood left us with an eerie feeling of nostalgia. A feeling of wanting to look back even though it was time to move forward.
Similar to Troye, I’ve never had the wants in life to be like, a doctor or a math person, but just a dream in pursing a career in music; a very hard and scary dream to chase on your own.
I vividly remember being 18-years-old and crying in my car to, “Suburbia” and “Ease,” as I was driving away from my childhood home and into completely new territory. Trying my hardest to “swallow nostalgia” while becoming “afraid of the life I have made.”
During Troye’s YouTube days, I joined the infamous world of stan twitter. I had the quirky Troye @’s and everything. I remember freaking out when Troye first followed me and every time he would reply to or like one of my tweets. The community was super small and connected and I met so many different people within this space. With all the scary changes happening in my life, this community was something I knew would always be there.
My first year living in Chicago, Troye was on his Suburbia Tour. Because this was an entirely new city to me, I only sort of knew one other person who was going — a boy named Jack that I had met a few years back on Troye’s first tour.
Arriving to the venue for Troye’s show, basically alone, I saw familiar faces waiting in line. Faces of people I only recognized thanks to the world of stan twitter.
Fast forward to today and those people I met at Troye’s show, Chris, Monse, and Jack (and a few more), have become the greatest friends I’ve ever had in my entire life. I’m not all alone in a new city anymore, and I can thank Troye for that.
Being 21-years-old now and looking back at that time in my life of stan twitter and camping out for his shows, it holds that sweet nostalgic feeling in my heart that Blue Neighbourhood was able to put into words more delicately than I ever could.
From 2015 to today, I think it’s safe to say I’ve began to find myself. I’ve gained confidence in my dream career as a song writer. I love where I’m at physically and mentally. I have absolutely amazing people in my life. I changed up my style and my hair. I’ve gotten to travel and spend time in LA — and I think we can hear through Bloom that Troye has gained all of this as well.
I feel like I’ve grown up with him. Troye has indirectly impacted my life in a way that I know he’ll never know about, but I am forever and entirely grateful for all the inspiration and confidence and love that he has brought into my life.
I cannot wait to reunite with Troye this fall on his Bloom Tour in Chicago and Milwaukee. I cannot wait to dance to “Plum“ and “Lucky Strike” with my friends and then cry my eyes out to “Postcard” right after.
Bloom is a success. It’s the pop album the world needs right now and I cannot wait to watch Troye dominate and gay up the world of pop music.
My name is Tara and I put out articles for UIC Radio on whatever day I can. I’m a media communication and professional writing major at the University of Illinois at Chicago. If you want to keep up with my saucy life you can follow me here:
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