Lorde’s Melodrama is finally here, and it was worth the wait.
Lorde kicks off her second album with “Green Light” the single that got everyone excited her return. One of the best things about the song is the focus on piano. She mixes it with some electric guitar and drum beats for the chorus, giving it an upbeat feel, which acts as counterbalance for the mellow verses she has become known for. The sound then shifts for the second song on the album, “Sober”. Drum beats and electronic sounds build up to introduce a jazzy sounding chorus complete with trumpets, while the vocals follow that ethereal feeling Lorde does so well. The album sticks to the indie/alternative sound with the next two songs that follow the same formula of mellow verses and upbeat choruses. The proverbial slow song, “Liability”, is one of the best songs on the album. This track uses just Lorde’s voice and piano to create a somber mood that matches lyrics like “I am a toy/ that people enjoy/ ‘til all of the tricks don’t work anymore/ and then they are bored of me” that cover feelings of being not good enough. Lorde then contrasts this with her next song “Hard Feelings/Loveless”, which is heavy on electronic sounds, and resentment toward her ex. The next two songs, “Sober II” and “Writer in the Dark” bring us back to that ethereal sound, combining mostly piano and some drum beats, and the power of her voice. There is then a transition to “Supercut”, a song about how positive memories of a relationship make it hard to move on. It has a more poppy sound to it than the majority of the other songs, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes a single. It is the perfect combination of the sound Lorde creates for most of her album and the other two pop songs that start and finish Melodrama. The last song, “Perfect Places”, was the second single and reminiscent of the kind of songs she had on her first album. The song combines piano, drum beats, some electronic sounds and Lorde’s iconic, almost haunting, vocals to create something that is completely different than other pop music that is being played right now.
Overall: The album sees Lorde moving away from the pop songs she became famous for, and maturing into a sound of her own.
Review by Dee Dee Landon