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Album Review: Melodrama

Shannon Christensen, Writer

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Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, or Lorde, broke out into the music industry and started living her dream as a singer in 2012 with her self-released EP “The Love Club” on Soundcloud for free download. After so much popularity, the Universal Music Group (UMG) decided to sell  the EP on multiple platforms before the release of her single, “Royals”, followed by her highly anticipated first full-length, “Pure Heroine” in 2013.

After Pure Heroine and touring for several months, Lorde seemed to go into the dark to focus on writing more music for her next big album. The fans were kept on their toes until finally, she announced her new album name, “Melodrama“. On March 7, the first single, “Green Light” was released, and it was announced that the album would come out June 16, 2017 in the US. 

“Melodrama” contains eleven songs, all ranging from different paces and set tones. Songs like “Liability” and “Writer in the Dark” are slower and contain darker lyrics, while “Perfect Places” and “Sober” are more upbeat and have that original care-free teenager feel to them. Even though “Pure Heroine” was written mostly by Lorde herself, she teamed-up with songwriter and record producer Jack Antonoff, who was responsible for some of the greatest hits off Taylor Swift’s “1989”, to help her with really setting her second LP off.

One of the most different songs that was released by Lorde seems to be “Sober” as it talks about drunken memories and more mature lyrics, while also featuring jazz band instruments in the background. Listeners are used to the relatable but complex lyrics of Lorde from “Pure Heroine”, as she wrote the album at only sixteen years of age. After getting out of her teens, Lorde chose to move towards the darker side of life and more explicit lyrics, while also keeping the same complexity that all her fans fell in love with.

The fifth song featured on the album, “Liability” is a popular favorite for many fans, as it goes deeper into her life; she describes herself as burdensome after becoming more famous. In the chorus, it is repeated, “I’m a liability; get you wild, make you leave”, implying that she can get others frustrated with her, making them leave. In the second verse she sings, “I am a toy that people enjoy till all of the tricks don’t work anymore, and then they are bored of me”. Leaving some people confused, Lorde confirmed that her being an entertainer is like being a toy, and when people start getting sick of her music, she will be forgotten and “thrown out” like a child’s old toy.

While a lot of Lorde’s new lyrics cut deeper into the harder parts of life, many people are falling back in love with her music for her truthful and more relatable situations that she sings about. She also does something new with the track listing and has a reprise of the song “Liability”, rightfully named “Liability (reprise)”, which most fans love.

Overall, there are huge props to Lorde for this new album, whether you personally like her music or not. The intimate lyrics and graceful melodies sway perfectly through the record, which is hard to do with all of the different paces there are in different songs. Coming back out of her writing hole, Lorde has also announced tours in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the US. The international dates start September 26th, while the US shows start next year on March 1st.

Tickets for the Melodrama world tour are available on her website and the album is on every streaming service including Spotify and  Apple Music.

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