This might come as a surprise to you bitches who read my article that reviewed all the albums I purchased over the course of 2015, but I bought Troye Sivan's debut album Blue Neighbourhood.I
I still stand by my review of Troye's EP Wild. It was the worst rated album on that list, but my criticisms were accurate if somewhat harsh. I was not impressed. I said of Wild that it's “full of songs that serve as a canvas for experimental electronic influences that are supposed to count as his artistic vision.” This carries true onto his album Blue Neighbourhood, but I like this album.
I bought the album. All 19 tracks of it at Target after spending over $200 getting some new tires for my car. I bought it and my cold gay heart melted a little.
I expected to be disappointed, but I was pleasantly surprised. Some of the mistakes of his EP carry over onto the album, but their indecipherable over the course of an hour. The album is a mellow jam session to put on before you go to sleep. It's never overtly sexual and focuses on young wistful romanticism. Much to his credit.
A criticism I had of his EP was his inability to “replicate more then one substantial moody electro pop ballad per musical outing”. His album proved that wrong. There are multiple highlights on the extended tracklist. Including the singles, “Heaven”, “Lost Boy”, and “Blue”. “Suburbia” is a highly listenable, unreletable fodder that deals with him coping with his rise to fame.
His choice of duet partners is interesting. Rapper, Allday betrays him on the faux hip hop vibe of “for him.” his verse coming off as just a little too sexually forward. There's a cast of heterosexual partnerships. Betty Who has a throwaway verse on “Heaven” that even her breathy vocals don't elevate. Both Broods and Tkay Maidza are forgettable on their respective songs. Alex Hope does the best standing out on the highlight that is “Blue”.