It’s finally July! School is out and so is Lorde’s new album Melodrama and while Green Light was a great single, the album surpasses all expectations. When I reviewed Green Light, I mentioned the gap of time that Lorde took between Pure Herione (2015) and Melodrama (2017) and that while the New Zealand wonder could have kept dropping singles that sounded more of the same, she took time, curated a sound that crosses Cindy Lauper (the Louvre) old-pop with a Metric (Sober) edge, past and present. Melodrama establishes Lorde in long term spot among the greats who cross genres with ease.
Well, summer slipped us underneath her tongue
Our days and nights are perfumed with obsession
Half of my wardrobe is on your bedroom floor
Use our eyes, throw our hands overboard
Melodrama is effortless and cool, with only 11 songs (2 of which are reprises) every song is something different yet perfectly in sync with the raw pop/rock that Lorde positions herself in.
These days, we kiss and we keep busy
The waves come after midnight
I call from underwater
Why even try to get right?
Hard Feelings/ Loveless
Soft ballads – Liability and Writer in the Dark are the songs to cry the sad tears over, both quiet and solemn, with a reprise of Liability as a little cooler featuring auto tune and some minimalist background music – all of the above are pure (musical) heroine (see what I did there?!). Lorde doesn’t disappoint at all.
‘Cause in my head (in my head, I do everything right)
When you call (when you call, I’ll forgive and not fight)
Because ours are the moments I play in the dark
We were wild and fluorescent, come home to my heart, uh
It’s easy to expect 22 song albums from artists who’ve taken a couple years to put something fresh out, some songs stick and others flop; a top and bottom 5 is agreed upon, picked and chosen for singles- some to be sent to radio to be overplayed and some to be forgotten. However, from Greenlight to Perfect Places, every song on Melodrama could be a single, every song is top 11, and it makes perfect sense what took Lorde a couple years to perfect.