It’s been some 15 years since her second studio album came out. Natalie Nicole Alvarado’s third album Winter, released on January 8, 2021, is not a jaw-dropping work. But it’s always good to hear her sing. Her music has a place in the memories of my college days.

💿 Winter (Deluxe) (2021) 🎤 Natalie

Now I’m listening to

🎵 Drown 🎤 Cuco & Clairo 💿 Drown – Single (2018)

Now I’m listening to

🎵 Bisexual 🎤 Bleugangsta 💿 Bisexual – Single (2020)

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🎵 Dalaga 🎤 ALLMO$T 💿 Dalaga – Single (2018)

Now I’m listening to

🎵 Alone with You 🎤 Alina Baraz 💿 Alone with You – Single (2021)

Now I’m listening to

🎵 100,000 People 🎤 Kings of Leon 💿 When You See Yourself (2021)

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🎵 Build a Bitch 🎤 Bella Poarch 💿 Build a Bitch – Single (2021)

The lyrical trope of these tracks is (a) failed relationship(s). But if I were Olivia’s ex, I’d show NO glimmer of interest in coming back to her after giving this album a listen. The monotony is rather intense and decided, projecting her as a despondent grouch. I wish she had drawn on more profound materials and explored them a bit further (A good example might be “A Woman’s Worth” on Alicia Key’s debut album). Insecurity, self-doubt, clinginess, and the list goes on. Olivia is not expected to get stuck in a rut when creating her next album.

💿 SOUR (2021) 🎤 Olivia Rodrigo

Part of me grew up on Brazilian music, and I think this song is really on point!

Now I’m listening to

🎵 Girl From Rio 🎤 Anitta 💿 Girl From Rio – Single (2021)

Now I’m listening to

🎵 Hypnotized (feat. Marco Luka & Tanu) 🎤 Weston Estate 💿 Hypnotized (feat. Marco Luka & Tanu) – Single (2019)

Now I’m listening to

🎵 Lonely Hearts Club 🎤 Winona Oak 💿 CLOSURE – EP (2020)

Oh entrée! Beautiful entrée! You make my world better!

Now I’m listening to

🎵 Andre 🎤 Small Sins 💿 Volume II (2021)