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Troye Sivan


Second album from the South African-born Australian-raised singer-songwriter and actor includes a guest appearance from Ariana Grande

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  1. 10.0 |   NME

    With his triumphant second album, the Perth pop star tears away all the filters to share a deliriously upbeat statement that washes over you like a dopamine rush
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  2. 10.0 |   The Independent

    The 23-year-old’s second album has been toiled over until free of unnecessary frills, and could be the one that turns him into one of mainstream music's most revered and fascinating talents
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  3. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    The highs soar, but the lows are crushing
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  4. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Bloom is an exceptional pop album, but maybe more importantly it’s a beacon for queer people who struggle to reconcile our neuroses – societal and personal – with our potential for joy and love
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  5. 8.5 |   The 405

    Bloom is a record of growth for Troye Sivan and, naturally, fruit and flower metaphors prevail, giving us an insight into Sivan’s adolescent mind which is fraught with loving, losing and even dying
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  6. 8.4 |   Earbuddy

    Bloom is a strong follow-up to Blue Neighbourhood, and while I don’t regard Bloom as a superior effort, most pop artists dream that their sophomore slump was this “bad”
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  7. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    An album that feels both universal and as personal as a fingerprint
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  8. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Bloom delivers glorious pop that is as intelligently constructed as it is unabashedly emotional
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  9. 8.0 |   The Observer

    A bare-faced record, thrillingly honest and defiantly queer, proving Sivan is one of pop’s most essential voices
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  10. 8.0 |   All Music

    An unambiguous statement from Sivan, clear in its intent to celebrate the highs and lows of queer love through the eyes of a proud pop star in the making
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  11. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Sivan’s second album targets the mainstream – with songs about Grindr and post-coital languor, wrapped in goth reverb
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  12. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Sivan finds a wealth of ways to bring about fresh reflections on age-old themes with undeniable charisma
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  13. 8.0 |   The Music

    Simplicity is a commonly explored theme, as most tracks maintain a simple running beat with melodic soft synth
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  14. 8.0 |   Q

    Occasionally sentimental but always endearing, it's impressive stuff. Print edition only

  15. 7.5 |   Pitchfork

    A warm and delicate pop album about life as a young gay man
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  16. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Appropriately, Bloom’s beauty and gifts reveal themselves gradually over time
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  17. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Bloom may be less ambitious than its predecessor, but it frequently manages to do more with less
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  18. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    In a perfect world, this album wouldn’t be as transgressive as it is
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  19. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    It may not be the queer masterpiece that some were expecting, but in this day and age, Troye Sivan's Bloom proves that gay people need not rely on metaphors or "hints" to get their stories across and be accepted by the masses
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