Deja Vu – Olivia Rodrigo

3 months after her debut hit single, “drivers license”, which spent 8 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, Olivia Rodrigo released another single “deja vu.”

“Drivers license” was an impressive debut but somewhere in the back of our minds, we wondered if it would be Olivia’s one-of-a-kind, if she’d be a one-hit wonder whose other releases would never match up to her debut, sonically and commercially.

Well, she proved us wrong with “deja vu.” In “deja vu”, Olivia sings about an ex who uses and does things she thought were exclusively theirs on his new girl and just how unoriginal she thought it was.

You know that feeling when the jokes you told him to make him laugh, he’s telling her to make her laugh or when that song you played for him, he’s playing it to her to confess his feelings? Basically using your own moves to impress someone that’s not you? That’s the feeling Olivia managed to convey in the 3:36-minute song. She manages to express with her voice and words how bothered she was by his tactics and even sounds slightly bitter about the whole fiasco.

Olivia, in an interview described “deja vu” as indie pop and we can see why. Sounding very much like Lorde with the vocals and the production, there’s an alternative edge to the song. Lyrically, it’s not bad. It has a catchy bridge that’s fun to shout in your room in the throes of heartbreak and lines about Billy Joel you probably cannot relate with because you’re Nigerian but all in all, it’s a good song and a solid followup single to drivers license.
We eagerly await her debut album “Sour” which would be released on May 21st.

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