While publications such as NME and The Independent gave Bloom well-deserved five-star reviews, average fans have already begun to vote with their ears, turning the record into a major success less than a week after it was released.
Since its release on Friday, Bloom has scored the honor of charting at #1 on iTunes in a total of 46 territories, while it reached the top five in 70 countries. No matter who you are, that’s an incredibly impressive feat.
His pal and collaborator Ariana Grande gave him some love:
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) August 31, 2018
Here is a sampling of some of the reviews:
NME: With his triumphant second album, the Perth pop star tears away all the filters to share a deliriously upbeat statement that washes over you like a dopamine rush
The Independent: The 23-year-old’s second album has been toiled over until free of unnecessary frills, and could be the one that turns him into one of mainstream music’s most revered and fascinating talents
The Guardian: Like a pair of glitter-heeled boots, it begs for you to strut as reverbed drums clack and shake in the background. In fact, Bloom, the YouTuber-turned-singer’s second album, is soaked in this exuberance.
Vulture: Troye Sivan’s not reinventing the wheel. There’s a long history of fearless LGBTQ songwriters spinning yarns about love, pride, and longevity in times when it cost them opportunities and chart traction to do so. But Bloom imagines these songs existing without the prejudices that once forced queer artists to speak of their experiences abstractly or else in code, that brand of modern-day songs about same-sex romance and sensuality as niche art heterosexual audiences can appreciate but not relate to.