Zara Larsson’s So Good - What You Need To Know
She only turned 19 back in December, but Zara Larsson has already sold more records than most singers do across their whole careers. She unveils her second album So Good today (you can preview and purchase it on the right-hand side of the page) and here is everything you need to know about it...
A little background…
If you’ve listened to the radio in the last two years it seems pretty likely that you’ll already have been introduced to Swedish singer Zara Larsson.
She released her first album in her native land when she was 16, but by then she was a comparative veteran in the entertainment business, having won Talang, the Swedish adaptation of Got Talent, at the age of 10 and released her first big-selling single that same year. That single was a cover of Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On’, but it was a slicker, harder sound that first caught the attention of listeners on our fair shores with ‘Lush Life’, her summer 2015 single, which clocked up over 440 million YouTube views and sales of over three million across the world.
Collaborations with Tinie Tempah and David Guetta followed as did a string of hit singles, all building up to her second full-length effort, which is with you today.
Who’s producing it?
Larsson has called in lots of big names for her breakthrough LP. For starters there’s one Edward Sheeran who has helped Larsson by writing ‘Don’t Let Me Be Yours’ along with regular writing partner Johnny McDaid. Then there’s MNEK, he sings on ‘Never Forget You’ and also helped co-write and produce ‘Ain’t My Fault, and Charlie Puth, who wrote ‘So Good’.
The Monsters & Strangerz, who have worked on tracks for Maroon 5 and Rihanna in the past, are also about, they produced ‘I Would Like’.
Any special guests?
Lots and lots. Larsson has built her career on collaborations and there are plenty to be found here. First up is Ty Dolla $ign, he adds his gruff stylings to the album’s title track, second we have MNEK, who is on ‘Never Forget You’, followed by Wizkid, who is a feature on ‘Sundown’, finally we’ve got Clean Bandit, who back Larsson on new single ‘Symphony’.
What does it sound like?
Given you’ve heard six of the 15 tracks on this album if you’ve been anywhere near a radio in the last 18 months, you’ll probably have a pretty good idea of what Larsson sounds like. Immaculate pop production, catchy melodies and choruses that will glue themselves to the insides of your head.
Does it deliver?
It is a slick, calculated album full of bouncy pop, if you’ve liked what you’ve heard so far from Larsson’s singles, there’s plenty more for you here.