Say Goodbye to Your Toxic Ex With “Good Riddance”

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Gracie Abrams posts and releases the official cover for her debut album “Good Riddance.”

Cecilia Cheng, A&E Editor

I’m always looking for new music. I first found Gracie Abrams through TikTok actually, before she started blowing up after opening for Olivia Rodrigo’s SOUR Tour. I was immediately hooked on the way she formulated the lyrics in her songs. Like many other fans, I was thrilled when I heard the announcement back in January of the production of her debut album.

Abrams released her first-ever album “Good Riddance” on Friday, Feb. 24. Majorly produced by Aaron Dessner, the alternative-pop album gives off the same vibe as any song off of Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” and Phoebe Bridger’s “Punisher,” who are both very big inspirations for the style of her songwriting.

The album starts off with the track “Best,” where Abrams emphasizes how she always feels secondary in her relationships. In this song, she talks about the ending stages of her relationship, one filled with lies, secrets and loneliness. In my opinion, this was a great way to open up the album; this one song basically summarizes the whole theme of “Good Riddance.” But the songs only get better from here.

Even though it’s not my favorite, the second single of the album, “Where do we go now?” seems to be the most popular amongst the crowd. Just like her lead single “Difficult,” this song is one of the more upbeat ones, with yes, very upsetting and depressing lyrics. However, I do understand why she decided to make these two songs singles; both of the bridges are super catchy and have been stuck in my head since she released them.

My favorite would have to be “This is what the drugs are for” just because of the guitar in the background, as well as the fact that she references “Rockland” in the song, my favorite on her EP, “This Is What It Feels Like.” The song covers some pretty heavy topics, but overall is about how she is stuck in an unhappy relationship (yes a reoccurring theme) and can’t seem to escape it. Now I’ve personally never been in a relationship, but this song was very relatable; she clearly seems to be burnt out and has reached a dead-end. Not to mention, her vocals shine in this song. From high to low notes, she hits them all.

Although she is not coming to Florida, Abrams is set to be touring the US as well as opening for a few of Swift’s The Eras Tour shows this year. With 12 songs on the album, it’s a very quick listen that you will not regret. “Good Riddance” may not make you any happier, but it sure is worth a listen if you are burnt out or just broke up with your boy/girlfriend after Valentine’s Day.