So Good

So Good

by Zara LarssonZara Larsson


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Living up to its title, So Good -- the sophomore set from Swedish singer Zara Larsson -- arrived after a two-year promotional rollout that followed the release of her debut, 2014's 1. Her slow climb toward the upper pop strata occupied by Rihanna, Sia, and Tove Lo -- the artists whose vocals Larsson most closely echoes -- began in 2015 with the quadruple-platinum number one single "Lush Life," an effective dose of tropical pop that rides the surf with a playful whistle and undeniable bounce. Quickly following with the skittering staccato of MNEK duet "Never Forget You," Larsson scored another hit. Two subsequent album highlights -- the bass-blasted "Ain't My Fault" and "I Would Like" -- provided additional examples of her strong voice and confident attitude. By the time fifth single -- the Ty Dolla $ign-featuring, Charlie Puth-penned title track -- arrived in 2017, a third of So Good had been unveiled. Despite the significant time gap, So Good remains a tight vision full of romantic drama, youthful abandon, and a strong sense of female empowerment. "TG4M" ("too good for me") basks in the sun with a piña colada in hand, part of a Girl's Only weekend with Daya and Hailee Steinfeld, while the WizKid-featuring, Stargate-produced "Sundown" invites Sia to the moonlight island party. When the party ends, the uplifting "What They Say" provides a comforting shoulder to lean on. Amongst the feel-good party jams, heartfelt surprises provide more emotional sustenance. "Make That Money Girl" is a slow-builder that turns the bad gal toughness of Rihanna into a girl power anthem with a message that demands self-reliance and vision, going so far as reminding listeners that "you can be the next female president." When Larsson delves even deeper, the results are refreshing. Album closer "I Can't Fall in Love Without You" is a beautiful sendoff. Set to Jesper Nordenström's piano accompaniment, the track is a sweeping and heartfelt expression, the most vulnerable and pure on So Good. Fun and engaging, Larsson made one of the better pop albums of 2017. Like contemporaries Daya, Steinfeld, Bebe Rexha, and Dua Lipa, Larsson delivers polished R&B-influenced pop gems that shine bright like diamonds while maintaining a too-cool-for-school factor that helps to distinguish her from the bubblegum. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

Product Details

Release Date: 03/17/2017
Label: Epic
UPC: 0889853289424
catalogNumber: 5328942
Rank: 121645


  1. What They Say
  2. Lush Life
  3. I Would Like
  4. So Good
  5. TG4M
  6. Only You
  7. Never Forget You
  8. Sundown
  9. Don't Let Me Be Yours
  10. Make That Money Girl
  11. Ain't My Fault
  12. One Mississippi
  13. Funeral
  14. I Can't Fall in Love Without You
  15. Symphony

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Zara Larsson   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Mac   Piano,Keyboards
Jesper Nordenström   Piano (Grand)
James Boyd   Viola
Chris Laws   Drums
Joakim Berg   Guitar
M-Phazes   Synthesizer,Piano
John Hill   Vocals
Stephanie Benedetti   Violin
Kirsten Joy   Background Vocals
Ajay Bhattacharyya   Vocals
Beatrice Philips   Violin
Ed Sheeran   Guitar,Background Vocals
Ty Dolla Sign   Vocals
Marcus Lomax   Background Vocals
James Abrahart   Background Vocals
Jack Patterson   Synthesizer,Piano
Grace Chatto   Cello
Luke Patterson   Percussion
Tross   Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Hampus Lindvall   Background Vocals
Maria Hazell   Background Vocals
Linnea Sodahl   Background Vocals
Jerker Hansson   Background Vocals
Mack   Bass,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Anthony Kelly   Composer
Mike Spencer   Programming,Additional Production
Steve Mac   Composer,Producer
Stargate   Producer
Andy Barnes   Vocal Engineer
Rob Cohen   Engineer
Chris Laws   Engineer
Daniel Pursey   Engineer
Bart Schoudel   Engineer
Joakim Berg   Composer
Ola Håkansson   Executive Producer
Brian Garcia   Composer
Mark Ralph   Producer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer
Email   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Jordan Johnson   Composer
Rocwell   Producer,Engineer
Shuko   Producer
Freedo   Producer
Fred Ball   Composer,Engineer
Petra Marklund   Composer
Erik Hassle   Composer
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer
Maria P. Marulanda   Art Direction
Johnny McDaid   Composer
Olivia Waithe   Composer
Tyrone Griffin   Composer
Jacob Kasher   Composer
John Hill   Composer,Producer
Ina Wroldsen   Composer
Jason Gill   Composer
Julia Michaels   Composer
Tobias Jimson   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Ajay Bhattacharyya   Composer
Danny Schofield   Composer
Daniel Ledinsky   Composer
Stefan Johnson   Composer,Engineer
Ed Sheeran   Composer
Drew Smith   Engineer
Jason Gillis   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Fridolin Walcher   Composer
Karen Chin   Composer
Ammar Malik   Composer
Marcus Lomax   Composer
Christoph Bauss   Composer
Joakim Harestad Haukaas   Composer
Uzoechi Emenike   Composer
Alexander Izquierdo   Composer
MNEK   Producer,Engineer
James Abrahart   Composer
Michel Flygare   Composer
Christian Waltz   Composer
Phil Shaouy   Composer
Tom A.D. Fuller   Engineer
Marco Borrero   Composer
Zara Larsson   Composer
Ayodeji Balogun   Composer
Emanuel Abrahamsson   Composer
Jack Patterson   Composer,Producer
Grace Chatto   Producer
DannyBoyStyles   Producer
Mark Landon   Composer
Monsters & Strangerz   Producer
Astronomyy   Producer
Arron Davey   Composer
Tross   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer
Gamal Lewis   Composer
Hampus Lindvall   Composer
Charlie Puth   Composer,Producer
Victor Mensah   Composer
Garrett Hilliker   Art Direction
Stint   Producer
Linnea Sodahl   Composer
Iman Conta Hulten   Composer
Ana Diaz   Composer
Jerker Hansson   Composer
Oliver Peterhof   Composer
German   Producer
Kid Joki   Producer
Mack   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer,Additional Production

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