Review: Zara Larsson ‘So Good’

With “Lush Life” lighting up international charts, “Never Forget You” becoming an unlikely stateside smash and slinky guest spots on local hits by Tinie Tempah and David Guetta, Swedish starlet Zara Larsson was inescapable in 2016.

Fast forward to March 2017 and Zara is releasing her first international album. Tracks “So Good” and “I Would Like” are still floating around. Hype is at a high.

Fast forward to April 2017 and it’s already forgotten.

Unfortunately, the hype surrounding this project is much more impressive than the work itself (it’s already at 1B audio streams). Aside from the already released “Never Forget You” and “Lush Life”, this effort has little to offer. In fact the only other ‘essential’ slice from this album is “Symphony”, which is actually a Clean Bandit release that’s already available as a standalone single.

The rest of the project drags, spitting out watered down filler track after watered down filler track in rapid succession. But that’s not even the worst part: these sugar soaked, dancehall-lite pop duds straight out of Rihanna’s 2006-2007 recycle bin aren’t nearly as bad as the god awful ‘ballads’ that close out the rest of the LP.

Best Tracks: “Never Forget You”, “Symphony”
Potential to Grow: “Don’t Let Me Be Yours”
Worst Tracks: “I Can’t Fall In Love Without You”, “Make That Money Girl”, “Funeral”

Rating: 5.1/10

PopZara Larsson

cdschart • March 20, 2017

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