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Lorde - Melodrama

International pop star Lorde had been away from music for four years before the release of her sophomore album, Melodrama.

So much seemed to had happened in that time. I’m sure that everyone is aware that artists can lose perspective or confidence, along with a hype train they’ve built. However, for somebody as remarkable and unique as Lorde, it’s imposible to forget about the “Royals” star. We get to see her growth between the ages of 16 and 20. “What will we do when we’re sober?” She asks, which really says all about the problems, both personal and professional behind Melodrama.

Lorde’s debut, the 2013 “Pure Heroine” easily had some of the best songs of the year on it, such as ‘Royals’, ‘Ribs’, and ‘Team’. Somehow, they were mature and exciting while having catchy and meaningful hooks. The rest of that album lived up to those huge and personality filled singles, which is what makes Lorde so enjoyable and unique in pop music today. All eyes were on her to make another album, whether it be Pure Heroine 2 or something completely new and different. Her and her main producers have made a masterpiece of pop, something truly remarkable that is even harder to follow up than Pure Heroine. It brings splashes of new color and style to Lorde’s canvas. My first listen of Melodrama wasn’t even that magical for me. However, it didn’t take long to grow on me and find its way in my top five albums of all time. Lorde’s music is truly unforgettable. Every song just carries so much depth and it still manages to surprise me each time I listen to it. “Liability”, while being short is one of my favorite songs of all time. It’s short, along with being an achingly hurtful piano ballad that is emotional but not emo. “The Louvre” is a huge rush, it’s near impossible not to sing along to when you learn the lyrics.

‘Writer in the Dark’. is a flashing break-up song. Is the track professional or emotional? Either way, this is Lorde baring her teeth like never before. Images of physical and emotional manipulation work on their ways in. “I’ll love you ‘til my breathing stops/I’ll love you ‘til you call the cops on me/But in our darkest hours, I stumbled on a secret power/I’ll find a way to be without you, babe.”‘Writer in the Dark’ is Lorde’s first song that you’ll love uncontrollably if you relate to it. The lead single “Green Light” is bouncy and filled with personality, and it’s truly Lorde at her best. The sombre piano of ‘Green Light’ and ‘Liability’ is the polar opposites of the huge intake of brass on ‘Sober’ and ‘Perfect Places’. ‘The Louvre’ is her most rockist moment yet while ‘Hard Feelings/Loveless’ is a production shine. The six-minute track is a dense mix, combining a sluggish sound with a bunch of random sounds. It’s truly life changing, I’ve heard little other albums that give me the same feeling, especially in the mainstream. Melodrama is passionate, emotional, heartbreaking - it’s just flawless.

Best Songs - Green Light, Loveless, The Louvre, Liability, Homemade Dynamite
Worst Song -

Score - 10/10

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