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Bloom is Troye Sivan's second studio album that was released on August 31, 2018 by EMI Music Australia and Capitol Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Seventeen 3:38
  2. My My My! 3:25
  3. The Good Side 4:29
  4. Bloom 3:42
  5. Postcard (featuring Gordi) 3:36
  6. Dance To This (featuring Ariana Grande) 3:51
  7. Plum 3:06
  8. What A Heavenly Way To Die 3:07
  9. Lucky Strike 3:28
  10. Animal 4:25

Album BackgroundEdit

"Bloom" has been called Troye Sivan's "sex album" as well as "darker", "more guitar-driven" and "more danceable" than his previous material.

It has also been described as containing material about defiant gay expression; the first song, "Seventeen", is about a sexual experience that Sivan had with a man he met on Grindr.

Sivan wrote most of the album with American musician Leland and Canadian musician Allie X.

The album's production was primarily handled by Bram Inscore, Oscar Görres, Oscar Holter and Ariel Rechtshaid.

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Bloom" peaked at #3 on the Australian Albums chart, making it Sivan's highest-charting studio album in his home country. In the United States, the album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200, with album-equivalent units of 72,000 and pure album sales of 59,000.

The album has become Sivan's highest-charting release and best sales week to date on the Billboard 200.

Critical ReceptionEdit

At Metacritic, "Bloom" received an average score of 85, based on 15 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".

Giving the album a perfect score, The Independent's Douglas Greenwood wrote: "Making perfect pop isn't easy, but Troye Sivan is a star who's done his homework. With one foot in pop's past and another in its present, Bloom is a record that could turn its considerate maker into one of mainstream music's most revered and fascinating talents."

AllMusic critic Neil Z. Yeung stated that "Bloom is 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."

Annie Zaleski from The A.V. Club opined that "Bloom's beauty and gifts reveal themselves gradually over time."

Writing for The Guardian, Alexis Petridis stated that "the results are characterful", elaborating: "Bloom is done and dusted in 35 crisp minutes – a time at which some pop albums are reaching their mid-point – and feels like a coherent, artist-led album rather than a bet-spreading collection of songs designed to hit every popular musical base."

Brittany Spanos of Rolling Stone said: "Well beyond the already stellar dismissal of heteronormative storylines in pop love stories, Sivan finds a wealth of ways to bring about fresh reflections on age-old themes with undeniable charisma."

The Line of Best Fit writer Claire Biddles stated: "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."

PromotionEdit

Sivan is promoting the album via the Bloom Tour, which began on September 21, 2018 in Irving, Texas.

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