Q (UK) - - Q Review - BLOOM POLY­DOR, OUT 31 AU­GUST

Troye Si­van might be the big­gest pop star you’ve never heard of. He came up (and out) on YouTube as a teenage sen­sa­tion but since the re­lease of the synth-drenched Blue Neigh­bour­hood in 2015 he’s bro­ken out of the con­fines of the internet. This fol­lowup, Bloom, leans into the ner­vous­ness of ro­man­tic in­ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s min­i­mal where it needs to be, of­ten just Si­van’s voice and a cou­ple of ghostly el­e­ments be­hind it, but when it fills out, it’s glo­ri­ous – see the un­apolo­get­i­cally ’ 80s chorus of My My My! or An­i­mal, which de­vel­ops into a mini-sta­dium epic. Si­van ex­presses a lot us­ing few words; lazy post-coital day­dream­ing one minute, huge 2am- in-the-club hooks the next. Oc­ca­sion­ally sen­ti­men­tal but al­ways en­dear­ing, it’s im­pres­sive stuff. ★★★★ KATE SOLOMON Lis­ten To: Bloom | An­i­mal

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