Album review: Troye Sivan - Blue Neighbourhood
PUBLISHED: 10:52 22 December 2015
Pop god in the making finally gets round to releasing doomy/dreamy electro-pop debut, says Stephen Moore.
At just 20 years of age, the Australian actor-cum-singer has achieved a helluva lot. Blue Neighbourhood arrives with Troye having already topped the iTunes charts in 57 countries with mini-album taster Wild, while tickets for his entire debut US tour sold out in less than 27 minutes.
A thoroughly modern pop star, the good-looking chap came out at 18 via a YouTube video to fans, and his erudite, engaging persona befits some highly crafted music, which mixes exacting proportions of heart-opening honesty, emotion and up-to-the-minute, part-dreamy, part-doomy electro.
These songs draw you in with their elegant, balanced arangements, be it the thundering drums and delicate piano of Ease, or Cool’s smooth, dusky and ‘80s-indebted electro.
Troye is a consumate performer, emoting Jamie Woon-style as he reflects on his crazy lifestyle of planes and hotel rooms (Fools) or, more often, envelops us in tales of heartbreak (Talk Me Down) that wring every last drop from the tumult. It’s all helped with grounded, candid lyrics delivered in dollops of his smooth, accessible - some might say vanilla - vocal.
The melacholia can get somewhat wearing a dozen tracks in, but it’s executed so well it seems almost churlish to complain - and Troye obviously has enough on his plate, bless him.