With her debut being released when she was just 16, Lorde was seen and is still a force to be reckoned with. “Pure Heroine” was such a captivating piece of work that was rare to see from someone so young. 4 years later after the release of Lorde’s debut, fans and the general public had wondered where she had been, hoping for new music soon. Working in the comfort of Jack Antonoff’s home, Lorde grew her past strengths and updated her electro-pop style records into a much more sophisticated tone at still just a staggering age 20. After “Pure Heroine” delved into the topics of teenage angst, 20-year-old Ella sings about love in the brightest way she could have. With the help of her synesthesia, Lorde was able to coordinate every song with its own color. With this, production takes an artistic turn with differentiating vocal tones.
“Green Light”, “Supercut”, and “Perfect Places” could be considered the catchiest tracks throughout the album. “Green Light” sets the tone for an album beginning with a bang that slowly sizzles down. A major heartbreak that had its disastrous and hopeful effects. But with achieving a new goal of hers, Lorde really is a matured teenager. The message behind the artistic masterpiece of “Melodrama” comes from a deep integrity of artistic knowledge in songwriting and album creating.
As mentioned earlier, Lorde has gone through experimental changes in what her belief on what pop music is able to sound like. “Liability” takes a different route than many of the album tracks, simply being a strong piano ballad. Embracing the personal self-being seen in this song, Lorde explains the feeling that whoever she is around at anything, she will always have some “tax” on them. The sadness is vivid, so vivid the concept of Lorde and her own privacy was a topic she needed to touch on.
Other highlights of “Melodrama” include Track #2, “Sober”. It has a lovely interference of vocal effects and sounds enhancing the feeling that a listener notices. As the chorus comes closer, bass filled trumpets flood the track. A final track to touch on is “Homemade Dynamite.” This fantastic track discusses the moment of time when you meet someone at a party, as the night explodes upon you. In a way, literally comparing beauty with the explosive power of dynamite. The indie pop vibe oozes from the track as eccentric beats follow off vintage seeming synths.
Overall, the album has already placed itself as a standout in 2017. The short, yet satisfying 11 track sophomore record showed exponential growth in the artistic career of Lorde.
Essentials: Sober, Homemade Dynamite, The Louvre, Supercut
(9.5 / 10)