Review: “Glad He’s Gone” — Tove Lo

The horniest pop star is back! After releasing a slew of one-off collaborations throughout the past year, Tove Lo has finally dropped “Glad He’s Gone,” the lead single from her upcoming fourth album, Sunshine Kitty. Much like most of the singer’s discography, the song is an absolute smash, with a summery soundscape and unique point of view on a subject all listeners can relate to: celebrating the dissolution of your friend’s toxic relationship. Over trap drum programming and bouncy synthesizer, Lo gives her friend a frisky pep talk in how to get over someone they’re not sure they can live without.

Starting with a pitched vocal that previews the chorus, the singer tells the subject they’re “better off, I’m glad that he’s gone.” From there she moves into the first verse, where she describes the volatile situation her friend is in, boiling the whole thing down to “he’s a bitch with some expectations.” As she lists off things he has or hasn’t done in the relationship, Lo encourages her friend to get over him by getting under someone else in the chorus; the universal remedy to a broken heart, right? The singer uses verse two to hype the subject up, telling her “I missed your madness, you’re kind of ratchet” and how he dimmed her shine to uplift himself. A particularly scathing pop song — the kind that Lo excels at — “Glad He’s Gone” is a dazzling taste of what’s to come on Sunshine Kitty.

Rating: 4.5/5

A music business student with a passion for writing about music almost as intense as his desire to curate it.

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