“I’m plannin’ out my wedding with some guy I’m never marryin',” Olivia Rodrigo sang on “love is embarrassing," off of her new album, "GUTS."
I first listened to this lyric, nodding along to the beat, at an engagement party — my cousin’s engagement party, which I originally thought was terrible luck.
Is there a worse place to listen to music that's hopeless about love — that it is never logical, it’s a bad idea, it’s embarrassing and it ultimately leaves someone bled dry with a grudge?
Rodrigo’s follow-up to her 2021 breakout album "SOUR" chronicles a girl holding back her emotions in day-to-day life to reveal them in song — perfect for not ruining an engagement party.
“I don’t get angry when I’m pissed,” Rodrigo sang on track one, “all-american bitch.”
It’s ironic humor on an album where she gets angry often, but it also sets up a common theme: Rodrigo’s outer actions do not reflect her inner turmoil.
In that way, an engagement party might be the most immersive way to listen to "GUTS" — outward celebration clashes with internal, music-induced angst.
The album leans further into the pop-punk niche she established on "SOUR." But this time, she’s replaced the focus of her anger from the boy who broke her heart to the wide-ranging, tumultuous changes she has experienced in the last year of fame.
Rodrigo even turns against herself, mocking her decision to go back to an ex on “bad idea right?” The song’s talk-singing verses sound straight out of a 2000s teen movie.