‘bad idea right?’ by Olivia Rodrigo – Single Rating: 4/5 ★★★

Olivia Rodrigo, has once again left fans and critics alike in awe with her latest offering, ‘bad idea right?’. This dynamic track bursts forth with an energy that’s both familiar and refreshingly new.

The song wastes no time in grabbing the spotlight. Furthermore, it introduces itself with an edgy and irresistible opening that leaves a lasting impression. The parallels to the likes of scene greats like Wet Leg are unmistakable, showcasing Rodrigo’s willingness to explore uncharted territories. With ‘bad idea right?’, Olivia Rodrigo also confidently navigates a shift in style, proving that her versatility knows no bounds.


Lyrically, Rodrigo delves into a relatable narrative that many have experienced firsthand. The track revolves around the concept of making a decision that’s perhaps unwise, all while trying to convince oneself that it’s the right thing to do. Olivia captures the essence of grappling with inner conflict and external pressures, all set against a backdrop of punk-pop fervor. The narrative centers on Rodrigo lying to her friends about leaving a party to meet her ex-boyfriend, reflecting on the possibility of reigniting their past love.

Rodrigo’s signature pop craftsmanship is ever-present, but there’s an added layer of maturity that enhances the listening experience. This newfound depth adds complexity to her already impressive musical repertoire, indicating an artist who is unafraid of growth and evolution. Also, the way she blends her established pop sensibilities with a punk-infused edge is invigorating.

“bad idea right?” holds a significant place within Olivia Rodrigo’s upcoming album, “GUTS”. Described as ‘fun and playful’, the track serves as the second single from the album. It also offers a glimpse into what promises to be a gem of an album. The cover art itself mirrors the track’s complexity. Moreover, it features Rodrigo gazing through a steamy glass pane, with the track title provocatively scrawled in lipstick on the glass, accompanied by crimson kiss marks.

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Becky Anderson