Three years after the release of his first studio album “Blue Neighborhood,” Troye Sivan successfully created an authentic follow up with his Aug. 31 release of “Bloom,” an album thoughtfully executed in its visual aesthetic throughout his current tour.
“Bloom” is a more mature side of the Australian Youtuber-turned-singer to which The Observer (UK) described as “a bare-faced record, thrillingly honest and defiantly queer, proving Sivan is one of pop’s most essential voices.”
Sivan creates a full circle moment between his two albums where “Bloom” entails experiences of firsts and the complicated feelings that follow, compared to the innocence and desire to grow in “Blue Neighborhood.”
The “Bloom” Tour came to Southern California this week with openers Carlie Hanson and Kim Petras.
Sivan described his show at the House of Blues in Anaheim as “the pre-L.A. show party” for his concert at the Greek Theater.
From same-sex couples, young teens with their parents and groups of friends, the line of attendees wrapped around the venue hours before doors opened at 6:30 p.m. for the Anaheim show.
The 16-song concert set list included all 10 songs from the “Bloom” album, and popular fan favorites from the previous album.
The night kicked off with the album’s opener “Seventeen,” detailing the story of being with an older man, followed by the album’s title track of “Bloom,” which Sivan has previously described to Popjustice as lyrically “the most subversive queer song on the album.”
“Plum” is the danceable tune Sivan said he was most excited to perform live, which centered on being in a relationship that both partners have outgrown.
“This is what I wish the L.A. show felt like. This is where I feel most at home and comfortable is with all of you guys squashed like sardines in this tiny little [venue],” Sivan said.
“I already know that this is going to be one of my favorite shows on the whole tour.”
The show’s mood took a turn as Sivan joked, “It’s about to get emo in here.”
“Heaven” came next from his first album, a song Sivan wrote about his coming out experience, where he recounts counting down the days to age 15, when he decided to come out publicly.
“If you still have a huge crush on Zac Efron at 15 then it’s like something to be taken seriously,” Sivan said.
Sivan proceeded the night with “Bloom’s” “Lucky Strike,” about being in a love that is easy-going, followed by a throwback to “Blue Neighborhood’s” “Fools” and “Wild.”
“Bloom’s” ballads were performed one after another starting with the somber piano tune of “Postcard,” featuring Australian native Gordi, about being put on the backburner by a lover failing to reciprocate the same efforts.
“The Good Side” is a bittersweet acoustic tune that illustrates falling in love after being in a previous relationship, wishing the best for his past partner while still moving forward.
Sivan gives insight to his relationship with his current boyfriend, Jacob Bixenman, through the soft melody of “What a Heavenly Way to Die,” and later with the nostalgic ode of “Animal.”
Sivan ceased his moment to crowd surf during “Blue Neighborhood‘s” “Cool” followed by the edgy beat of “Bite” that cued head bangs from both Sivan and the crowd.
Charli XCX’s “1999” pop banger featuring Sivan was played during the show, immediately cueing an ultimate dance party followed by “Bloom’s” “Dance to This,” featuring Ariana Grande.
Sivan rounded out the Anaheim show with “Blue Neighborhood’s” classic anthem of “Youth” and ended on a high note with “Bloom’s” lead single “My My My!”
“Let’s make this the best four minutes of the night. I don’t think I need to tell you guys to go crazy, I’m actually a little scared to, but do what you were going to do anyway,” Sivan said.
There is a clear growth between his first and second album, yet what makes Sivan respectable is his distinct warmth and vulnerability that threads itself throughout his work.
Sivan is not only just a dynamic voice for the LGBT community, but is one for the larger generation of youth whom relate to the same reoccurring themes of love and search for an identity.
He is unapologetically himself and with time, Sivan’s success and the community of eyes on him have the ability to expand as he continues to cultivate honest work, proving to be an example that others in the music industry can look toward.
Jaycie Thierry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.