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Melodrama

Lorde

2017

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Melodrama

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3.34

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I'm pretty well-versed in Antonoff-produced joints now. Currently, the man is so prolific, and his musical personality so prominent, that you can pretty much extract an Antonoff criteria from his best work over the last year alone (evermore, Gaslighter, Chemtrails Over the Country Club). Winsomeness will be king, there'll be a marked preference for mincing the same meat on each song rather trying a new cut and risking a mistake, the tone will be vaguely sombre as a rule in order to heighten the effect once the step-change choruses kick in, and you can expect an unusual instrumental touch pretty much every other track. Most important, on a GOOD Antonoff album there will be between four and six bangers. Melodrama meets all these criteria except for - you guessed it - the last one. Dang, almost.

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Average whinge-pop.

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5

Lordes singing style works so well. She's not the "best singer" but her lyrics paired with pop/electronic music fits so well. This album starts off so strong with "green light" and "sober" but then gets better with " homemade dynamite". It then changes into something more melancholy (sounding) but maintains its core (great song writing with great instrumentals). To be honest I don't think I ever gave her a fair chance and I regret doing so. Her music is nothing short of fantastic. Even the slower songs like "Liability" are so good to listen to. This whole journey she takes you on with this album is a trip worth taking (even if it can be a little dark and saddening, looking to fill a void with activities that are so empty is a powerful message and hit home)

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It's okay. I like the 'bigger' sounding tracks, and definitely a lot of Kate Bush influence. But a lot of cliched, minimalistic, sad indie girl tracks - pretty boring. And I don't understand the weird accent she puts on. Some tracks a 4, but weak as an album.

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I dont quite understand the fuss. It’s fine, a bit dull, I like her songwriting style and there are a couple of standout tracks but on the whole a bit dull

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There’s a couple of songs with actual hooks, but there aren’t enough interesting ideas musically to keep me interested for the duration of an entire record. The lyrics are of the typical break up, make up, angry at you, better than you, I’m not good enough for you, getting smashed at the club, hooking up with a random stranger, crying in the back of the cab on the way home variety. It’s been done and done better than here. The worst thing you can be called is bland, and Melodrama is just that.

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I've listened to new music a lot more in the past few years. By new music I mean anything that doesn't appear on the front cover of Mojo magazine. But Melodrama reminds me why I hate the formulaic approach to much modern music making. It's almost as if it's been written by an algorithm to hit all the right mass market consumer hot spots. A familiar theme for me in these reviews: no soul. Sorry.

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5

It is an outstanding album, those transitions are amazing and it reflects an outstanding work, having said that, it is not better than Pure Heroin, hope it is on this list as well

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5

The thing that is most striking about this album is the immaculate production, and Lorde's haunting and nostalgic vocals augment that production supremely.

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4

I've never really spent time with Lorde outside of her hits. This was a pretty great pop album. Apparently Jack Antonoff is the go-to producer for female pop stars now. Best track: Liability

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I enjoyed this. I think I prefer Pure Heroine as it is a little darker and (dare I say it) a little less melodramatic. Jack Antonoff produced this (he produces a lot of these types of records) and you can hear his influence on this as well as albums by Lana Del Rey too. This was an easy listen for the morning. Favorite song: Hard Feelings/Loveless Least favorite song: Liability

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I have only ever listened to one of the Lorde’s track so approaching this with a degree of open mindedness. Really enjoyed the album, Lorde and Sia are of very similar styles both of which I find very pleasurable. Certainly an album that I would add to my favourites and listen to again and again, if I have one criticism it’s the use of bad language within some of the songs, I really don’t understand why that is a requirement these days within music and because of that I gave it a 4 out of 5

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Despite being a kiwi myself, this is my first time listening willingly to Lorde's music and, try as I may, I just can't get past my issues with her pronunciation of her lyrics.. some kind of weird tone to her speech that just grates on my ears... Though, that track Liability is a goodie and would be great in the hands (and voice!) of a singer like Phoebe Bridgers

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This is so fucking mopey.

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The William Shatner of synth pop.

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I knew our hot streak had to end somehow. I'm notoriously not a fan of this album. Lorde sometimes makes music I like (really enjoyed Solar Power), but man her voice is like nails on a chalkboard to me. It's that raspy, indie girl affectation that feels unbelievably phony. Her songwriting is "quirky"--I put that in quotes so you can understand that sometimes it's fun for me and many times it's unbearable. This album just maximizes all the Lorde traits that I dislike, she turned the sliders up on my least favorite things. I guess that's why I like Solar Power so much in comparison; she goes the other way. Still, I have to admit that I enjoy a few tracks on here. I HATE to admit that one of those is "The Louvre" because it features one of the quirky lyrics that I've despised for years: "we're hanging in the Louvre, not in the front, but who cares? Still the Louvre." Whatever the hell it is, just so in-your-face ~I'm not like other girls~ cheeky BS. That was the thesis of "Royals" as well, we get it dude. The production is solid, but her vocal and lyrical contributions put me off of this so emphatically. Kudos for the title though, it really is melodramatic in ways that I clearly can't stand. Favorite tracks: Homemade Dynamite, Perfect Places, The Louvre. Album art: Really excellent artwork here, (almost) a saving grace. It sucks that I love seeing this one and don't want to hear it. I want more paintings as album covers. 2/5

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I am Lorde. Ya ya ya. On one hand I think she has a unique voice, she does that "cool girl" talk-singing thing in a lot of her songs. I'm not a woman in her 20s but I still enjoy it even though it feels very much music for that demographic. The songs are good overall. On the other hand, reading other reviews I keep seeing the name Jack Antonoff come up and I'm realizing this is another pop singer churned out by the song-writing machine. Maybe I'm just old and crotchety but I just don't like that there's some small cabal of people writing songs and then giving them out to pop singers to perform. I think songwriting is an art and it always disappoints me to learn that an artist just gets handed the music by some person that also writes songs for all of the other Virgin Radio artists that play on repeat ad nauseum. I'd normally give it 3 points for finding it ok but not quite my thing, but docking a point for my personal vendetta against the focus-group pop industry.

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5

bello!

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Lorde is very good at writing catchy songs that also have substantive lyrics.

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+5

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5

I really wish this wasn't today's album, but that's just personal circumstances. Green Light and Sober is a good 1-2 punch. The Louvre is.....uncomfortable right now at time of writing. Its good though. Then Liability happens. Jesus. THIS ALBUM IS AWESOME!

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Me gustó bastante, estrellita

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5

Haha I kind of know this one already :p I go back to it every once in a while; homemade dynamite, hard feelings/loveless and sober were in my 2017 top songs on Spotify. I just love this album a lot, the sound and also the images that it created in my head upon many listens.

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5

Beautifully haunting album with some great pop thrown in

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5/5 - Excellentttttt, Randy Marsh is a fantastic singer

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5

Standout album, varied, uplifting, confident. Loved it.

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Iloinen yllätys aiemmin minulle tuntemattomalta artistilta. Tämä oli oikein miellyttävää kuunneltavaa. Lorden äänenkäyttö oli monipuolista ja biisit olivat sopivasti hieman taiteellisia, mutta ei kuitenkaan överivaikeaa kuunneltavaa. Jossain siellä Bat for Lashesin ja Regina Spektorin välimaastossa. 5/5

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5

I’ve no clue why it took me that long to listen to that. I really liked the humour in it.

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I LOVE WRITER IN THE DARK SM ITS WEIRD BUT I FEEL LIKE I RELATE TO IT

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5

This. For some reason this album took longer than it should to come around for me. But holy shit did it come around :')

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Pop que para ser bastante comercial convencional me ha gustado bastante. Le voy a dar un 5, fíjate tú.

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5

Melodrama has a strong opening with 'Green Light'. Individual songs occasionally feel disconnected from each other musically but each song is pretty fantastic in their own right. The songs compliment her wispy style of singing. Raw and honest lyrics. Personal favs: The Louvre, Liability

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5

Sorry Boomers/Gen X, I was like 20 when this came out so it's one of the best things to ever happen to me. Sorry it's not King Crimson or whatever.

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5

I had bought this album immediately after hearing "Green Light" back when it was released. It’s still my favorite Lorde song and one of the greatest breakup songs ever. I’m also a Jack Antonoff fan so it is no surprise I love this album. I can’t get enough of “Supercut” and “Greenlight” - both awesome dance songs. Other favorites include “Sober,” “The Louvre,” “Liability,” and “Sober II.” But really the whole album is great. Most of the songs are explorations of relationships. Why are we in them? What holds us together? What tears us apart? Whether your relationship is perfect happiness, total misery or somthing in between MELODRAMA has something to offer you. The music is great, the lyrics are insightful. Wonderful from start to finish.

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5

I've listened to this album seven times today...so far. I am in awe of Lorde's powerful voice and story-telling, her strength and vulnerability, her fearlessness. I wrote down some of my favorite lyrics but there were a lot. Lots of favorite songs, too. This deserves more than five stars.

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5

I am familiar with some of Lorde's music, but this is the first listen of this album for me. I liked it. From the simple piano to the layered electronics, Lorde’s vocals pair very nicely with the music.

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5

I always knew that "Royals" was an awesome song, but I hadn't spent much time with Lorde's more recent music. This is a pretty incredible album. A very emotional and yet very catchy collection of songs. This is one I definitely want to keep listening to. I had lost some of my usual listening time today, but found myself making more time to spend with it. "Green Light" is a new anthem song for cranking up in the car. I love her vocal range in this with those growls. "But my hips have missed your hips" from "Sober" is the sort of lyric that leaps out of the speaker and slaps your face with its freshness. I felt similarly with "Homemade Dynamite." "The Louvre" is a song I adore for lots of reasons, which I will not list here for the sake of brevity. "Liability" and its reprise are absolute stabs in the heart. Stabs in the heart. And speaking of, "Writer in the Dark" really grabbed me and gave me a good shake with its overwhelmingly powerful emotion. And the rest! Wow!

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5

Great artist with a great album!

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5

I love when I get to hand out unexpected 5-star reviews. I didn't anticipate enjoying this album nearly as much as I ended up doing. The vocals are great, the production is top-notch, the composition is fantastic. The whole album is a great vibe. Even the lyrics, while being very "20-year-old-people's-problems" were clever and well-written for all that. I really enjoyed it. Listened through it twice.

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5

Worth a re listen, elements of Kate Bush

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5

One of the best albums of the last 20 years

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5

Just love.

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5

Great. I'd never listened to Lorde beyond being unable to avoid Royals, but this was nice chill pop. Loved it.

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AOTY

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a masterpiece

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5

The bestest work in the 10’s

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5

Music that is hard to categorise. It's very slickly produced and sounds cinematic and gothic with industrial grainy textures. Probably not as dark and it's certainly less sparse than the first Lorde album. There is lots of drama and the results are fascinating.

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5

Okay, so full disclosure: I'm biased because this is one of my favorite albums of all time and I heard it YEARS ago in my early to mid 20s. To say I know this album like the back of my hand would be an insult to Lorde's and Antonoff's cowriting skills on this album, and also an understatement. Instead I'd rather say I know this album like I know the fit of a favorite pair of jeans: it's comfortable and reliable and somehow flatters almost every mood at the same time. I would fight anyone who dares to call this album anything short of a masterpiece. There are so many wonderful moments here, from the plot twist in "Liability" (the girl she loves is not a gay lover, but herself) to the quarantine-relevant "Sober" ("but what will we do when we're sober?"). When you consider the songwriting and production talent on this album it's especially impressive what Lorde accomplished with this modern classic. And I know it's not just her: Antonoff's influence is more than recognizable on this album with every creative chord and pulsing sixteenth-note beat (check out Taylor Swift's "Cruel Summer" for a background pulse analogous to what's used on the reprise of "Liability" on this album. His fingerprint is here on this album and yet, because he's Jack Antonoff, he very much is gifted at letting the artist shape the lines and the work without being overbearing. He's one of the mega voices for how pop music sounds and yet this album is SO different from Swift or Lana Del Rey, two of his other most well-known collaborators, among many others. Choosing a favorite track for this album is beyond difficult because this album has NO skips for me. It really is that good, and for me it's one of the ten best breakup albums of all time, up there with Red and 21. It really is a masterpiece. But it's nestled somewhere between breakup and coming-of-age and, as any seminal breakup album should be, has layers to it that you catch on later listens, and more than one theme going on at a time. Lorde may say she's a liability but as far as I'm concerned, in the music world she's a major asset. Five gold fucking stars. This album deserves all the hype it got and then some.

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5

Full of angst and tension: Lorde sets out a missive of sass and retribution.

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5

An amazing second album.

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5

Very good pop, well-produced throughout. Enjoyed it a lot- Liability is a nice song. 4.5/5

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Lorde slaps, kensie and I listened to this album together the day it came out and we laid on her bed and ate pizza - great vibes

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I procrastinated listening to this one for years; I thought Green Light was a good single, but just didn’t think the album could reach the absurdly high bar she’d set for herself with Pure Heroine. I am happy to say I was right, in a way. She did not meet the bar; she fucking cleared it with room to spare.

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5

Loved it a million times over.

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❤❤❤❤❤ I love Lorde! On a less lovey note, great album. Pacing is perfect, great minimalist story telling. Her Glastonbury performance based on this album was an all time classic.

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5

Its always a pleasure listening to Lorde

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5

9/10. Of course I'd heard the hits before, but the album as a whole is rock solid.

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4

This was great. A little inconsistent but I enjoyed it all.

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4

I thought this album was pretty good musically, but Lorde's breathy vocals never appealed to me and some of the lyrics are painfully cliched. Still, there's enough here to get me interested in another album by her whenever it comes out

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1er album de lorde que j’ecoute. C’est fou comment on decouvre avec cette liste.je l’avais un peu boude a cause de son succes commercial mais j’ai aime le vibe de l’album. 4

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"Green Light" Released: 2 March 2017 "Perfect Places" Released: 1 June 2017 "Homemade Dynamite" Released: 16 September 2017

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Really well done. I think this was a good follow up to her stellar debut. Lorde is legit.

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4

4/5 actually it is a pretty nice album!

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4

Standard pop, nice as background noise.

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4

Probably one of the more influential pop albums of the previous decade. Quite solid overall

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4

Liked this album. Good listen for if you're in the feels

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First impression was 'echo of late disco era early 80s techno'. The singer did not show a huge vocal range but was alluring in the solumness of her words. Ended up delighted with the entire album. Probably didn't listen to her before since I am an old man and she is a youngster - and I avoid the appearance of impropriety. I will be listening again

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4

Really dug it.

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4

Good pop songs, I liked the variety in the songs. The production value is really good, with harmonic voices and instruments. It's a good album that I'd listen to again

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4

Definitely legit and a few classics on here. But ultimately still Lorde and not exactly my style. Still solid

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4

Very good pop album! Had wanted to listen to this for years, but only knew one or two songs. Need to listen again, but I love Lorde's voice and the overall aesthetic of the sound. Great album cover too

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4

Good album… not as good as her first. Solid listen

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4

True to its name it has a very melancholic and ethereal vibe, with a pop base. Favorite songs: Green Light, Supercut

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4

YAY! Have listened many times, I love this album.

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3.5

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Mola

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Kind of vocal pop with indie music. Excelent combination

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Album al vaker beluisterd, één van mijn favoriete uit 2017. Benieuwd wat haar carrière nog gaat brengen. Ik vind het een goeie mix van liedjes waar je energie van krijgt en ook waar je wat droevig van wordt. liability is mijn favoriet (very sad)

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3,8 Noo you are not a liability :(, Lorde I love you! Xxx Ja genieten, ook een leuk “recent” album

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Dit is toentertijd langs me heen gegaan, maar ik vind het verrassend goed!

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Lekker hoor, ik voel me ineens weer jaren jonger

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4

Very good, though lyrically very heavy on the breakup lament, which I can only take so seriously from someone barely out of their 20s.

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4

Just an enjoyable album. We're the same age, so I have grown up listening to her music. There are some lyrics that seem a little funny, but it's Lorde, it's her style of writing. Just a solid album. I listened to it a few times.

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4

Aside from the sad girl vibe, pretty good.

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4

Unexpectedly great

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4

Bangers, bops, great tunes

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4

Want to listen again - could accompany life moments

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4

great dance pop album.

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4

Not my usual cup of team but I enjoyed a few songs. I can understand why this was so critically acclaimed at the time and I certainly appreciated it more this listen than when I have previously. 3.5/5

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4

pretty fire

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Jopas oli pitkästä aikaa positiivinen yllätys. Ennakko-oletukseni Lordesta oli jokseenkin aivotonta peruspoppia hittilistojen kärjestä. Aika poppiahan tämä tosiaan onkin, mutta todella tyylikkäästi toteutettuna. Kappalemateriaali on lähes poikkeuksetta varsin laadukasta, eikä suurempia huteja löydy. Kappaleista parhaiten itselleni toimi slovarit Liability ja jopa hieman Tori Amosmainen Writer in the Dark.

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4

Maybe a bit of its time, not sure how it'll date but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

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Solid

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Ça se laisse bien écouter Fav : Supercut

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Will buy.

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4

Bastante bien, pero no tiene mi canción favorita de ella, que es Royals. Así que le doy un 4 al disco.

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чисто заглавный трек норм

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4

Good pop, very unique for a young artist.

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3.5 stars. There were some bops that I could get into

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4

Finally an album I've heard before! :D I loved it when it came out and I love it now. Lorde's vocals and songwriting on this album are just top-notch. A few songs that don't quite hit, but they are still far from unlistenable. 8/10

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4

Mevrouw heeft een aparte stem. Nummers hebben wat mij betreft wel hit potentie. Heerlijke dance-achtige muziek! Mijn favoriet is "Green Light"

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I came not expecting much. I haven't listened to much Lorde, but wow. This album is one of the deepest and most touching pop records out there.

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El disc pel qual es jutjarà la trajectòria de Lorde. Una obra magna on es buida per dins i fora i dona origen a temes tan increïbles com 'Liability', 'Supercut' o 'Green Light'. El temps juga al seu favor i ara (gener 2022) sona molt millor que quan va sortir, el poso de les escoltes el fan encara millor del que inicialment semblava

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I find that the songs run the risk of same-iness, but is also has perfect places, so... you know, it's not all bad.

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4

Nice pop album!

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Buenaso. Aguante Lorde

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All I really knew of Lorde was that Royals song she did when she was about 15 and she's mates with Taylor Swift. This is very similar to Taylor's more poppy stuff. A quick check notices that Taylor's co-songwriting chief Jack Antoff is on the credits. Surprisingly good indie pop. Delivered in a much more palatable way for my tastes. 4/5

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Very good, good stuff, hard to believe she made that song about green beans

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J'aimais beaucoup le premier album Pure Heroine. Son côté minimaliste avec des éléments Électro plus proche du Hip Hop que de la Pop me plaisait beaucoup. On poursuit là-dessus ici mais avec un peu plus d'arrangements. Je n'étais pas certain de mon appréciation au départ, mais avec les écoutes, je l'aime de plus en plus. Une jeune auteure-compositrice-interprète que j'aime beaucoup. Pièce préférée: Sober II (Melodrama)

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4

Intelligent, engaging, mature pop music. Not really my thing (not loud enough!) but really good. Kiwis get an extra 🌟 too!

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Jedan od najboljih albuma 2017. No fucking cap! Perfect Places ako nisam čuo 100 puta.

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Jako mi se svidio kad je izašao i još uvijek mi se sviđa. Btw bila sam na samom mjestu di je Lorde vadila hrvatsko državljanstvo. Vjerojatno sam dirala istu kemijsku kojom je ona potpisivala dokumente.

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4

This album was a joy to listen to. Such a terrific variety of music, from the poppy and energetic to the soulful and introspective. 'Liability' and 'Writer in the Dark' are my favourites, but there's nothing to dislike here. Lorde is a fantastic vocalist and a genuine song-writing talent.

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4

solid album. gorgeous voice

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4

it was ok

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4

I think it was midway through the second song that I realized that Jack Antinoff definitely had something to do with this. I wasn't a fan of the first song, but the rest of the album slowly won me over (save for maybe the two reprises). Reminds me of the shift Nelly Furtado made back in the mid 00s. Lorde is really the star here: her voice is great and the lyrics are, at the same time, personal yet totally relatable. Favorite tracks: "Perfect Places", "Sober", "Homemade Dynamite", "Liability"

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4

First time really listening to lorde and I liked it

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4

Its actually pretty impressive stuff. Some genuinely cutting edge pop. Moving

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4

Fav tracks: green light, homemade, sober, liabi maybe perfect places?

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3

I dont know modern pop music very well, so it was nice to get this album to expand my music knowledge a bit.

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3

Pretty fun for pop, but a little whiney and some of the songs really blend together. Cool sound design overall.

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3

I didn’t really like this album, can’t really pinpoint why.

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3

nodded my head a couple times

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3

Much better than i expected

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3

Pop

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3

Put everyone in alarm mode when it was released, great work for a teenager. Not something I’d listen to, but some catchy tracks

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3

Haven't heard this album. Most of the songs have a familiar, comfortable feeling. I like when a new album feels like something you have heard before.

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3

melodramatic indeed. pop laments that catch some feels. album breezed by

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3

This is one of those cases where I don't really like the music, but I can appreciate that it's good music.

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Słuchałam ją jakiś czas temu, bez większego wrażenia

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Lorde channels the feeling of not wanting to get out of bed because you’re still depressed about the heartbreaking finale to Euro 2020 and parlays that into sweeping, epic pop. The moody, melancholic stylings of her early work take on a grandeur and sweep here; you can’t help but be carried along by the flashes of light and the brooding in the dark - as England were carried all the way to the final on a wave of robust and flexible organisation, and were a matter of inches from winning the entire tournament. Listening to this now, four years later, one feels this is not yet the zenith of Lorde’s considerable powers, merely an exciting glimpse of what is yet to come, if she stays the course. Similar to Engla- etc etc.

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3

Easy listening

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3

Nice album

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3

Solid pop album with some catchy songs and thoughtful lyrics. Not really for me.

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3

Wasn't blown away, but Lorde has such a unique voice anything she does is going to sound cool.

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3

Well produced. Not my taste.

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3

Enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Good pop music all the way through.

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It's fine, a 3. Felt a little like what I consider to be generic pop music, which is likely not fair but what can I say.

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leuk, niet zo speciaal, zou het wel opzetten als er volk is ofzo

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Some qualities of Robyn and Taylor Swift, just not a comprehensive thumbs up, although kudos for being so young, yet so mature.

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Mja, niet slecht maar iets te poppy.

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She's clearly a good musician and songwriter, but it all just felt kinda bland. Like slightly unusual indie pop wallpaper. I'd be interested to hear more of her different albums, I've heard other tracks which I preferred to most of this

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Soulful yet poppy, energetic and sad at times. I can see a couple of potential anthems here for the right set (of which I'm too old to be a part).

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Erster Eindruck: klingt formelhaft, von Komposition und Produktion und Text - die aktuell übliche ganz große, hybride Pop-Nummer. Bisschen edgy, bisschen knackig sparsam UND wahnsinnig opulent (I know …). Wer und wann hat diese Sounds eigentlich mal angefangen? Timbaland bei Aaliyah? Werden wir das hier noch erfahren? Erster charming Moment: das hinterhergefragte „of a boy?“ in Louvre. Überhaupt: ganz charming, wird nach hinten raus auch nicht schlechter. Schön, das gehört zu haben; hat trotzdem kein tieferes Interesse geweckt. 2,7.

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P o p music +

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More modern pop - at least this one has some songs of better quality and isn't relying on auto tune and drum machines all the time. I mean, the tunes still sound like the type of songs teenagers put over a photo compilation of their summer but I've heard worse. Came in dreading this after the choices of previous pop albums but was actually pleasantly surprised. I Best Tracks: Green Light; The Louvre; Liability

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Bolan's best album

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3 stars so far.

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Liked this. Some strong songs others not so. Not the strongest of singers.

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Liked it 3*

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More of Jess’ bag but she thinks Lorde is a lil witch beyond her years

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7/10

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Track 01 - 1.5/5 Track 02 - 2.75/5 Track 03 - 3/5 Track 04 - 3.25/5 Track 05 - 3.5/5 Track 06 - 2.5/5 Track 07 - 3.75/5 Track 08 - 4/5 Track 09 - 2.75/5 Track 10 - 3.5/5 Track 11 - 2/5 Overall: 3/5 Album Art: 3/5

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Not bad, but not something I’ll go out of my way to listen to. Just glad this one is over. It made me sleepy.

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Prety good pop. Not really my kind of music, but I can appreciate it.

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Saved Prior: Green Light Off Rip: The Louvre, Liability, Writer In The Dark Cutting Edge: Supercut Overall Notes: I distinctly remember when this album was released and how rapturous the reviews were. I also remembered Liability (found it boring), Green Light (loved it), Homemade Dynamite (did not like it), and Perfect Places (also did not like it) getting radio play on Alt Nation. It was not enough for me to want to check this album out then. While my music taste has matured since then, I still found most of this album eh. You can see the influence she had on massive modern pop stars like Billie Eilish, but I much prefer her debut album Pure Heroine on a song by song basis, even if this is a more complete album experience. Weak 3.

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Pitchfork electro pop.

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inte min musik men ändå ganska go känsla

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Very forgetful

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I think Lorde is really interesting. I like the sparse arrangements. It's about the space between the notes as much as it is about the notes themselves. Good stuff. 3 stars.

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Meh

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Hey, an album I know and like!

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Lorde is a really good singer but it is like all of her songs are the same

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Rating: 6 /10

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Nice

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Tranquilo de escuchar. Buena voz. Contemporáneo. Pop

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Found it hard to get into will revisit in a week or so but u h washed over me. It was pleasant enough but I think I need to spend more time to fully get it

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I was not expecting this album to ever make this list but here we are. I'm more than happy to enjoy the change of pace we have been getting (not a 60's british band). While I wasn't a huge fan of this album, enjoying her debut much more, there are some great songs on here like Greenlight and Supercut. Lorde was stretching her wings on this album but it seemed like she was almost closing herself in. A lot of the beats on her first album felt much bigger and the lyrics felt very deep but this just felt like a watered down version of that but it's on this list so people must really like it.

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This album's a bop. Really enjoyed it.

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I used to listen to Lorde when I was a teen and listening to this album made me question why I'd stopped! Very good, her energy is so unique. And I always appreciate a album with a nice and round atmosphere :)

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Kinda weird, but interesting.

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2nd February 2022 Started listening on the living room speaker with Jen while working at the kitchen table. Finished on the way to the gym. Neil came round in the evening for catan with victor. Jen won. A bit melodramatic for me but I can see the appeal for young listeners.

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Non male l'inizio, con 'Green Light', abbastanza conosciuta. Bel mood, testi non banalissimi, una visione di insieme definita e anche una bella copertina. Si perde un po' dopo 'Liability'. Sono indeciso tra 3 e 4.

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One step up from Taylor Swift and two steps up from Ariana Grande, but certainly not revolutionary, and it is debatable who should get credit, since most of the appeal comes from the arrangements. But i like it (6/10) FT: Liability

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I'm Lorde! I'm Lorde! I'm Lorde!

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Ok for a pop album, but really not needed on that list

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Oh, Lord

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I was quite pessimistic when this came up, Having little knowledge of Lorde - I'd kind of written her off as yet-another-2010s-20-something-singer-songwriter - and with an album called Melodrama, I expected to be bombarded with low-key perpetual teenage angst. I kept telling myself to stop being such an old man and give it a chance... so I did, and it was alright, something my teenage daughter would enjoy more. I was glad when it ended. On the upside, I think the artwork is great.

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Yeah. It's a'right.

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It's ok I suppose and with half a billion listens in Spotify who can argue? She's midway between Bjork and Billie Eilish with some interesting tracks going on. I'd definitely listen again a few times to this before deciding. Very well produced and professional job all around.

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A little too pop-y for me, but it was solid.

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I heard Royals when it came out and I thought it was a promising song; I then did something that I very often do to no avail: I bookmarked Pure Heroine as an album to listen to later on. To this day, I haven't taken the time to do so. Fast forward a few years and Melodrama comes up as part of the challenge. It's her second album but it's the first one I heard from her. I couldn't really connect with this album. It's all really nice sounding and pleasant to the ears, but I can't find that particular characteristic that makes me go ouff. It is a sad realization for me that millennial pop sounds all the same to me. It's like those old grumpy people back in the 80s who used to say "Punk sounds all the same", and I vowed never to become someone like that. Only that, after listening to this, I did take the time to listen to Pure Heroine, and I liked it very much. I guess I just don't like mature records.

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Tja...viel Reverb, und das trägt auch erst mal so 2½ Songs lang. Dann aber auch irgendwie nicht mehr. Songscheiberisch mittelmäßig bis gut. Ganz schlechte 3.

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Raw vocals. Like it. country music with vocals. love it.

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Music doesn't do much for me. It was playing, but it didn't capture my attention so I wasn't listening very carefully. I'll give an extra star for the cover artwork which I like, much better than the music on the album.

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Good album, never really listened to lorde oustide of her hits but guess ive been sleeping

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Unique sound. Not in love with the vocals.

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As far as modern music goes, on the pop side of things, I like it

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Surprised me a bit.

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Alveg móment hérna, en ég er ekki að tengja neitt svakalegt. Fínt. Næsta plata.

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Lorde has, up to now, pretty much completely eluded me. She undoubtedly has a nice way with a one-liner and this is pretty good at what it is, it's just that what it is isn't really something I particularly enjoy all that much. I'm currently half way through and feeling a bit restless. To be fair, it ended quite strongly.

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Not something I would come back to, but I do like Lorde's voice. And it was nice listening to something newer.

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Gledo sam African Lore na tiktoku nisam stigo. E svidio mi se više čak neg šta sam očekivo od Lorde

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Good but a bit repetitive

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Nice

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Enjoyable album that is a great atmospheric experience. It does however lack standout songs besides Green Light and thus fails to impress me enough for 4 stars

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I really respect her authenticity in an era of overproduction and formulaic pop. As well as seeing how influential she was on artists like Billie Eilish. The sound is not my cup of tea but I do respect it.

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Lorde lorde lorde

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Enjoyed it!

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When Royals was on every radio station around the world, I found it a cut above the typical pop music fare, more depth and intensity than most pop songs in my view. I was surprised that the album chosen for this list didn't contain the mega hit, but Melancholy is a good album. I don't on first listen hear anything that hits me the way Royals did, though Green Light comes close and Writer in the Dark is a really interesting track as well. This is more of a pop album than Royals would have led me to believe which has more of an indie-rock aesthetic but as pop music goes I again hear more depth and song writing chops. Very close to a 4 star album but I'm going to err on the conservative side; 3.5 🌟

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I don't know what the thing is called when singers kinda twist, roll and truncate the words at the end of their lyrical phrases - but I can't stand it! "I do my makeup in, somebody else's cahw We order different drinks at the same bahws etc..." It's this sort of exaggerated baby talk that you see all over tik tok videos. It took me a while to get past that "technique" enough to consider what I really thought about the album. Contrary to what the pop-forward veneer might suggest, the lyrical content tackles some pretty series subject matter. The songs look past the buzz to the hangover, and past the honeymoon to when the infatuation has worn off. I appreciate that a musician that is getting hundreds of millions of plays on Spotify is willing to go there. Hopefully people who hear these lyrics and they create some awareness and emotional space for those whom their own introspections are missing or repressed. As for the music, it's alright, but not really great (for my tastes anyhow). Nothing about it really gives me goose bumps or intrigues me all that much. It a generally subdue backtrack that stays mostly hidden below and beneath Lorde's performance.

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She's got a way with a sly melody as well as bangers (Green Light). State of the art pop. 3.5 if they did half-stars.

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Some interesting bits but ....

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Lorde is fine enough I guess. I don’t know if she’ll still be well-known in 5-10 years. This record is mostly forgettable

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Not a big fan.

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Best wel prima album, Lorde heeft mij nooit helemaal lekker aangesproken maar kan het wel waarderen

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Not too bad.

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Alright, just pop. First track was catchy. Prob a 2. Also, feels like Billie Eilish prob tried to sing like this girl.

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Pop moderno é muito questionável, este demonstar alguma qualidade mas é ofuscado pelo gênero em que se insere. Nota:3/10

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2 saves sur 11, sans aucun interet, shanta Billie Eilish, ça sera un 2/5

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meh

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Was kinda embarrassed to be listening to this, but it’s not too bad. Fell off at the end, feels empty.

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Better than average pop record, but doesn't do much for me personally.

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It's not too bad, surprisingly, but just not my kind of thing.

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Ik hoor niet wat hier nou zo bijzonder aan is.

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Kann man prima Pixar Filme mit vertonen. But not my cup of Melodrama. 1.6

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Not my cup of tea...but some ok sounds

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kind of lame, the whole point of the album, as a singer, was her vocal performance and it didn’t change at all throughout the whole album, she feels like a one trick pony. she has a nice voice but it’s kinda boring after a few songs. I’ll give it a 3/10 pop isn’t for me

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Never really cared for her voice. Songs were boring

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I saw her in the festival circuit supporting this album. It’s not really my thing but she clearly has talent. Nothing on this album really stood out to me though, all just brooding love lost lyrics.

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If you've heard the song "Royals", you've heard this album. It's pretty unadventurous. She's not a bad writer, but there's no exploration of range or melody or rhythm. Didn't add.

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Näitä kolmetoista tusinassa. 2017 duunattu levy, nii en ymmärrä etikoosuutta. Vai oliks tää tän subgenren ensimmäinen? Tylsähkö

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Ei nyt mitään ihan hirveetä paskaa muttei myöskään pääse pysyvästi kuunteluun. Välillä ei edes tajunnut biisien vaihtuneen kun oli niin tasapaksua menoa.

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At least I know what Lorde sounds like now. First time I've actively listened to her and also the last time. I just don't care for this music.

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Did not like

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I don’t get this selection. Her debut album was much better.

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I am not familiar with the LORDE, but aware of her existence. What little I have heard from her does not impress me or make me interested in her music. After listening to MELODRAMA. My first impression is my usual first reaction … I was not impressed and they was to be expected. Musically and vocally, she sounds uninteresting to me. The type of music, Electropop, does not have staying power and is not catchy or different enough for me to enjoy. Usually, I give an album about three more listens to see if musically or vocally something might grow on me. I decided to skip the repeats and concentrate on the lyrics since the title, MELODRAMA, seem to indicate that the lyrics might be more worthwhile to take an interest in. Lyrically, the lyrics are a little stronger than the music, I can see the repetitiveness in the lyrics to suggest something bigger. Overall, since unimpressed with LORDE and MELODRAMA. I see a similarity musically and vocally with TAYLOR SWIFT’s 1989. I like TAYLOR SWIFT a lot, but IMO 1989 is Taylor’s worse album. Lorde seems like a flash in the pan pop star. This does not speak to me about my life now or when I was twenty. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, MELODRAMA is her one and only entry. Rate Artist: LORDE (2.5) Rate Album (Year): MELODRAMA (2017 Original) (2.5)

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Pop music, nothing too revolutionary.

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Its a nope from me, whinge music.

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Ultimately too poppy and her voice isn’t strong enough to hold my interest. Mostly rudimentary lyrics. Like the little mouth explosion in “Homemade Dynamite.” “Liability” is sweet. Rhyming “drama” with “melodrama” knocks off two stars. “Supercut” sounds like an extension of “Green Light.” “Perfect Places” is great, love the synth.

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There's kind of a whole subgenre of pop that just sort of consists of "woman with nice voice sings over piano" and I'm not that into it. Bonus negative points for Hard Feelings/Loveless having a section that consists entirely of annoying sounds.

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Meh.

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Sometimes I listen to modern pop and I just feel old and out of touch. this is one of those occasions

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I'm not really feeling this album. I don't particularly care for Lorde's vocal style. Musically, the production is fine, but it's formulaic and fairly bland. All I'm taking away from this is a mild sense of annoyance. "Fave" Songs: The Louvre, Sober II, Homemade Dynamite

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Wee bit disappointed in this. Lorde is a bit more interesting than the average popstar and Green Light is a banger but it doesn't really go anywhere after that.

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This LP was a disappointment to me in 2017 and remains so to this day. I'm not going to get into an Antonoff hate rant (there's plenty of discussion on that already in these reviews), but for the follow up to "Pure Heroine"'s dark instrumentals, encompassing production, and intoxicating feel overall to be so flat and lifeless is just depressing. This album fades into the background, doesn't demand attention as its predecessor did - each song is so overengineered and wrapped in such a thick layer of production gloss that it goes down without a thought, each track another 'perfect' pop song without much personality or any distinguishing features. The continuing homogenization of music does nothing but disappoint, and this LP is unfortunately a good example as to why.

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Sounds like a mix between taxi music and Christian music. Listened twice, can't remember a single tune. Not strong.

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Ya ya ya this is really mediocre and doesn't deserve to be included on this list ya ya ya.

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I'm sure it's really good pop, given Lorde's reputation in the music world. To me, however, it just sounds like any other pop record. I really enjoyed El-Ps remix of supercut though!

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At her best she sounds like Kate Bush, who blazed her trail more than 30 years before this album came out. At her worst it's just more contemporary pop product that could work well on the sales floor of any major clothing retailer. The album is definitely appropriately named. I don't know if that's her way of pulling a Led Zeppelin and turning what was originally used as criticism into a badge of honor or what. If so, I respect that, but it's a sort of lazy melodrama. The music has these sweeping dynamics and everything but her voice kind of stays in what must be her comfort zone with this ever present whine to it that I just can't endure for a whole album.

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I found the vocals extremely annoying and lyrics read like they’re written by a 12yo filling in her diary. This is not a classic album in any sense of the standard prerequisites. 1 Star!

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Had to turn it off after a few songs. Did not like the voice, and found the music boring if not irritating. Not for me.

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There are 1001 4 and 5 star albums in the history of recorded music. The tendency for this list to have albums as unimportant and average as this suggests that there is no real system for determining the albums on this list.

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1.5 is all this is worth at best

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Not for me.

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Cool album cover, fits her sexy voice. I love her raspy voice. Almost like a young Amy Winehouse. But like her later stuff more. But gotta start somewhere and she did a lot of growing till current hits

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Jeden z najnowyszych, a jednoczesnie najgorszych pozycji na liscie jak na razie, plyta z 2k17, bedaca drugim albumem w dyskografii nowozelandzkiej artystki Lorde, ktora chyba tworzy w hameryce, bo tam wszystko bylo nagrywane, o ile czemu jest to najnowsza pozycja jest raczej oczywiste, to laur najgorszej zapewnia sobie swym wyjatkowo radioprzyjaznym brzmieniem, przez 40 minut czulem sie jakbym sluchal radia bez reklam, jesli discog okresla plyte jako indyjski pop, to jest naprawde popowo, dodatkowo mozna dodac elektropop przez nadmiarowe mordowanie synthow na drugiej stronie krazka i artystyczny pop, bo to jeden z tych numerow co nie o dupie maryny graja, tylko o prawdziwe ciezkich problemach z jakimi artystka sie zmagala. super wyglada personalny chart takich guwno albumow, artystka jako glowny producent i 69 dodatkowych producentow mikserow ludzi technicznych, nie ma miejsca na jednego grajka instrumentowego, cala muzyka jest klikana w komputer, pewnie dlatego tak drenuje z energii taki odlsuch, zdecydowanie najgorsze co mi sie przydarzylo od poczatku listy, nie ma na czym zawiesic ucha, musze sprawdzic czy lorde to mainstreamowa artystka znana wsrod polakuf, bo jakos nie kojarze, cale szczescie, zadnego z kawalkow, ale to ten poziom gdzie muzyka brzmi tak samo u roznyych artystow, brak plejkowego picka i do mulu z takim krazkiem

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I have enjoyed Lorde songs in the past (Royals) so was expecting more from this. It sounds like generic modern electronic pop with a slightly quirky voice. Bland, shiny production and lyrics that really don't speak to me. The sound is monotonous in both the backing and Lorde's voice - there's some variation in mood and tone in Hard Feelings, but the voice doesn't really change. Not sure I am the target audience for this album, to be fair.

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Idk why i listened it. Wanted to rate 0.

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One big fat cliche, not even very well done or orginal.

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Recency bias.

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More "Radio Disney" music that will be forgotten within a year and have absolutely no lasting impact on music. Lorde may keep the public's attention for being an "influencer" or some other thing, but her music is instantly forgettable.

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boring

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This was very, very bland for me, and I didn’t take to what she was trying to do with her voice. There was one song that made me think she was trying to be the granddaughter of Tori Amos. Disappointing, really.

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