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Listen, I get it. I get the temptation to fall under the trance of a few catchy power chords and lilting vocals and jump to the conclusion that the person you’re listening to is a fully realized musician deserving of accolades and superstardom.
But Olivia Rodrigo is not that pop star yet, and the raves for her freshly released sophomore album, Guts, are both overblown and oddly suspect in their uniformity.
“Olivia Rodrigo knocked it out of the park on her first try, with her instant classic of a debut, Sour,” Rolling Stone critic Rob Sheffield writes. “Her excellent new Guts is another instant classic, with her most ambitious, intimate and messy songs yet.”