It’s been five years since Troye Sivan’s last studio album—and those five long years certainly didn’t go in vain. His third studio effort Something to Give Each Other perfectly captures where he is as an artist, and offers a joyful celebration of the journey he’s been on in the past few years.
When Sivan initially teased his new album, he explained its title refers to his desire to give us something—a kiss on a dancefloor, a date turned into a weekend, a crush, a winter, a summer. He also explained it captures heartbreak, freedom, community, sisterhood, and friendship, and these themes bleed through on pretty much every track on this record.
It’s been five years since Sivan’s last studio album Bloom, but he kept experimenting with dance-pop sound with the critically acclaimed EP In a Dream. Just like all of his previous releases, Something to Give Each Other offers a perfect balance of catchy bops and reflective slower tunes, and at 33 minutes and 10 songs, it never feels like any of them are fillers.
Sivan knocked it out of the park with the lead single “Rush”, one of his most radio-friendly solo songs to date, which will most likely go down in history as the defining queer anthem of 2023. He continued his exploration of dance-pop with “Got Me Started”, while also offering u taste of pop perfection with such songs as “One of Your Girls” and “What’s the Time Where You Are?”.
Sivan did a great job setting the stage for Something to Give Each Other with the first two singles, and though the rest of the record may lack their bite, that doesn’t take away from its quality. Joy and pain come together in perfect harmony on Something to Give Each Other, creating a cohesive album that serves as a worthy addition to the singer’s top-notch discography.