Monday, April 26, 2021

Olivia Rodrigo's "Deja Vu," is a Catchy Tune

I have to confess that I did not really like, "Driver's License," by Olivia Rodrigo. I didn't hate it, but I found the song to walk the border between sweetly sad and outright melodramatic, with that over-the-top bridge being a bit much for me. That said, I thought she had some serious skill in singing and wondered what else she might have in store for us. Having heard her song, "Deja Vu," I can say I quite like the tune.

"Deja Vu," has a nice bit of snark and combative energy that the wallowing-in-self-pity, "Driver's License," lacked. It features Rodrigo talking about a boyfriend doing various fun things with his new girl, but Rodrigo points out maybe she should be informed that despite thinking she's special and unique, "'s all reused/That was our place, I found it first/I made the jokes you tell to her when she's with you." Basically, Rodrigo sees he is trying to recreate with his new lover what he had with Rodrigo--she wonders if he almost even says her name sometimes when he means to refer to his new gal. Plus, lyrics aside, the song really slaps. It has a cranking melody, Rodrigo singing energetically with her impressive pipes, and you just wanna chant along with it, "Do you get Deja Vu?" in the chorus. I dig it.

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