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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 1:00 am

Singer-songwriter shows growth on second album

MARK KENNEDY | Associated Press

'Bloom' Troye Sivan

On Troye Sivan's debut album in 2015, he admitted he was “just a lost boy/ready to be found.” The Australian singer-songwriter was often shy, anxious, almost quivering. When asking his lover for a kiss, he begged him not to bite. Sivan is back this year and, wow, what a difference three years makes.

A confident, in control and very knowing Sivan returns with the aptly titled “Bloom,” an addictive 10-track collection of unrushed, synth-rich pop songs.

The actor-model-YouTube star reunites with some of his main songwriting partners – Brett McLaughlin, Bram Inscore and Allie X – but the result is more adult, atmospheric and assured than his impressive debut album “Blue Neighbourhood.”

On the last album, he was asking to hold hands and just sleep next to his lover. Now he's offering a “trip into my garden.”

The album ends with the slow-burning, turgid “Animal,” which may remind fans of “Wild” from his debut.

It's wonderful, but here's hoping Sivan lets loose a little on his third album.