South African pop singer Troye Sivan is breaking out in the music world with his new album, “Bloom,” released on Friday with Capitol Records. 

Including collaborations with pop superstar Ariana Grande, Gordi and more, Sivan has created  an even bigger name for himself in the music industry. 

The 10-song album is full of dance music, soft love ballads and electronic smooth beats. 

The openly gay singer, sings about love and loss, relating his songs to people of every race, gender and sexual orientation. 

The album begins with “Seventeen,” a soft electronic beat, and a relatable story about young love. 

Sivan sings, “I went out looking for love when I was seventeen / Maybe a little too young, but it was real to me / And in the heat of the night, saw things I’d never seen / Oh, seventeen.”

The next song, “My My My!” was released as a single before the album came out. 

The upbeat tune is dance provoking and adds a fun aspect to the album, while still maintaining the topic of young love. 

The album slows down with “The Good Side,” a calm, guitar-based song with soft vocals. The song recognizes the acceptance of a breakup with lyrics like “Sympathize, recognize / Apologize / That I got the good side / The good side of things.” 

In “Bloom,” the electronic, fun and sweet song that the album was named after, Sivan sings about beginning a new love. 

“Take a trip into my garden / I’ve got so much to show ya / The fountains and the waters / Are begging just to know ya.” 

Sivan incorporates a nature aspect to a song about love.

The next single, “Postcard,” features Australian singer-songwriter Gordi. 

The slow, ballad-like tune is a heartbreaking song about loss of love. 

The relatable track talks about letting go of a toxic love and makes the audience wonder who Sivan was referring to, leaving the person anonymous.

“Dance To This,” the next song on the album, features popular artist, Ariana Grande, who also just came out with her new album, “Sweetener.” 

This single was also released prior to the album, and having Grande featured on the album has been good exposure for Sivan’s album, expanding his fan base. 

The song is about escaping the hustle and bustle of the world with a love interest, and is supposedly inspired by Janet Jackson’s 2004 hit “All Nite.”  

Sivan commented on the collaboration, telling Spotify, “I wasn’t sure there were going to be any features on the album because it felt so personal.  I had this one song and I thought, ‘This song really needs Ariana Grande on it.’ ” 

His collaboration with her has really boosted his career. 

The album shifts to an upbeat breakup song, “Plum,” and back to another soft, sweet love song with “What A Heavenly Way To Die.”

The following song, “Lucky Strike,” has an old school ’80s sound to it, with a bumping beat and angelic echoing vocals.

The album ends with “Animal,” a sultry-pop song, seeking a lover. “No angels could beckon me back / And it’s hotter than hell where I’m at / I am an animal with you.” 

The album itself is a breakthrough for Sivan. 

His superb vocals and the production of the album itself will be an incredible boost for his career. 

The relatable songs about love and loss will be played on Top 40 radio stations everywhere. 

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