Melodrama is the second studio album by New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde. It was released on 16 June 2017 by Lava and Republic Records and distributed through Universal. Following the breakthrough success of her debut album Pure Heroine (2013), Lorde retreated from the spotlight, and travelled between New Zealand and the United States. Initially inspired by her disillusionment with fame, she wrote Melodrama to capture heartbreak and solitude after her first breakup. Lorde chose Jack Antonoff as the main collaborator because she felt the need to expand her artistry from the Joel Little-produced Pure Heroine. The final product is an electropop record incorporating piano-based melodies, pulsing synthesisers and dense electronic beats. Critics viewed the album as a maximalist departure from the minimalist hip hop-influenced production of its predecessor, and considered it a loose concept album chronicling the emotions ensued from a house party. The songs "Green Light", "Perfect Places", and "Homemade Dynamite" were released as singles. Lorde promoted the album through several music festivals she headlined, and the Melodrama World Tour in 2017 and 2018. The album was Lorde's first number one in the United States and Canada, and also peaked atop the charts in Australia and New Zealand. It received gold or platinum certifications in the said countries and the United Kingdom. Melodrama received widespread acclaim from contemporary critics and featured on various year-end and decade-end lists. It won a New Zealand Music Award for Album of the Year, and received a nomination for Album of the Year at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in 2018. In 2020, Melodrama ranked at number 460 on Rolling Stone's revision of their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.Wikipedia
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
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
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.
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.
5/5 - Excellentttttt, Randy Marsh is a fantastic singer
The thing that is most striking about this album is the immaculate production, and Lorde's haunting and nostalgic vocals augment that production supremely.
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
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
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
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
Sounds like a mix between taxi music and Christian music. Listened twice, can't remember a single tune. Not strong.
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.
Lorde is very good at writing catchy songs that also have substantive lyrics.
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!
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.
Beautifully haunting album with some great pop thrown in
Standout album, varied, uplifting, confident. Loved it.
I’ve no clue why it took me that long to listen to that. I really liked the humour in it.
I LOVE WRITER IN THE DARK SM ITS WEIRD BUT I FEEL LIKE I RELATE TO IT
This. For some reason this album took longer than it should to come around for me. But holy shit did it come around :')
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Great artist with a great album!
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.
One of the best albums of the last 20 years
Great. I'd never listened to Lorde beyond being unable to avoid Royals, but this was nice chill pop. Loved it.
The bestest work in the 10’s
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.
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.
Full of angst and tension: Lorde sets out a missive of sass and retribution.
An amazing second album.
Very good pop, well-produced throughout. Enjoyed it a lot- Liability is a nice song. 4.5/5
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
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.
Loved it a million times over.
❤❤❤❤❤ 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.
Its always a pleasure listening to Lorde
9/10. Of course I'd heard the hits before, but the album as a whole is rock solid.
The Album™️ of 2017
best songs: green light the louvre hard feelings/loveless sober ii
4.5 22/07 Love Lorde to bits, and this is such an amazing album with so many good songs. But like her singing in Writer in the Dark just reminds me of the time when she shushed the crowd to sing it. I will forever cringe to that moment
Gen Z masterpiece. Can’t argue with this being on the top 10 of the 2010s. So sick of music snobs who over the past few years discount anything Jack Antonoff has been involved with. This is her album, get over yourselves assholes.
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
True to its name it has a very melancholic and ethereal vibe, with a pop base. Favorite songs: Green Light, Supercut
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
This is so fucking mopey.
The William Shatner of synth pop.
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
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.
Some of this is really good, but dragged down by stuffing the back half with piano ballads, twinkling away until I finally call the cops on her. Turn the music up, lady, we got a lack-of-noise complaint! Supercut is just Lorde improvising over royalty free ad music.
Me gustó bastante, estrellita
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
Pop que para ser bastante comercial convencional me ha gustado bastante. Le voy a dar un 5, fíjate tú.
Worth a re listen, elements of Kate Bush
Qué grata sorpresa me llevé con este disco. De sólo conocer Royals, ahora me interesa saber más de lo que ha hecho Lorde en su carrera. Su manera de cantar no es impresionante pero no tiene que serlo. Las letras son muy buenas y los arreglos interesantes sin caer en lo exagerado e hiperdetallista. Me estuve debatiendo entre subir o bajar este 4.5 ya que me gustó mucho aunque tampoco es un disco perfecto pero sí pienso volver a escucharlo y ponerle más atención a la artista en general así que sí, se lleva su 5. Songs: Writer in the Dark, Liability, Perfect Places
J'essaye d'être objectif mais le biais d'exposition est trop puissant
Oh, this was excellent. I should have listened to it before now.
A real moody and emotional affair, you can feel the teenage angst all throughout the tracklist, melodrama is a perfect title. The story telling here is very relatable whilst still remaining personal and interesting. The real highlight for me is the the anthemic opener Green Light with its thumping drums and catchy piano melody. A fantastic pop song in so many ways. The rest of the album is consistently great as well. The intrumentation is used intelligently throughout with tracks never sounding too busy but still interesting. I particularly love the horn section on sober and Lorde's hushed vocals work well throughout - a vocal style that has become very popular in recent years. I'd go as far as to say Melodrama is probably the best mainstream pop album of the 2010's. While her debut arguably had a bigger cultral impact, this was her creative peak.
Lorde had changed the pop landscape in 2013 with Pure Heroine, believe it or not. The toned-down alt-pop sound had broken through ultra-party electropop of the Black Eyed Peas and LMFAO, forcing the pop genre to evolve with more subtly and ambience. Alt-pop had brought more distinct vocal personalities to the front. Now, the likes of Lana Del Rey, Halsey, and more recently Billie Eilish have become the predominate sound of top 40 pop. So, after 4 long years, it comes to reason that Lorde's sophomore album would be highly anticipated. Melodrama successfully builds on the groundwork laid by Lorde on Pure Heroine by giving more dimension to the production through exploring more genre conventions. Stripped-down singer-songwriter piano ballads, explosive dance-pop tracks, and thoughtful alternative r&b songs give Lorde's signature alt-pop sound new life. Songs like Green Light and Writer in the Dark showcase a strong new direction indicating Lorde's forward-thinking pop sensibilities in her songwriting. This is a distinctly introspective breakup album, if the title and cover art didn't allude to that already. I think this is a fresh and well-needed take on the breakup album, which centers alcohol and partying as a coping mechanism which shows the highs and (mostly) lows of her experiences. As such, the more dance-focused elements of the album are drenched in a sort of sweet sorrow as Lorde drinks her sadness away. This is then contrasted with the slower, more depressive songs that represent the hangover. It's effective, showing maturity in Lorde's growth as an artist while still holding on to what made her so excellent in the first place. I think Melodrama might be one of the best albums of the 2010's, making this a shoe-in for the list. It's a shame that she would then fumble her strong footing in the pop world with her disappointing summer album Solar Power in 2021.
it's a homemade d-d-d-dynamite! I think I must really be out of touch with modern music because this one completely blew me away. Absolutely loving it and it's totally outside of my comfort zone. I think there's not a single weak track (although some of the more poppy tunes are a bit too much for me, see Supercut or Perfect places). The lyrics are youthful but mature, and Lorde's voice is just beautiful. The entire album stands out from all the old classic folky albums I've been tortured with recently. Plus the artwork is so pretty it makes me want to purchase a vinyl copy. Favourites: Green Light, Homemade Dynamite, Liability, Writer in the Dark (that Kate Bush chorus!) and that short ending to Hard Feeling/Loveless. Straight to my favourite albums.
Never really paid much attention to Lorde before, but this album slaps!
it's not an exaggeration to say that this is one of if not the best pop albums of the past decade and change. this shit rocks green light is a hell of an opener. lorde has a habit of making really impactful full albums and having certain songs (royals, green light) pulled away from the work as a whole and taken into the greater pop culture lexicon. green light as its own song is fucking fantastic, but it's also a really great opener for the picture lorde is trying to paint on melodrama, the picture of living life as a young woman feeling a full spectrum of emotions i love this album, you should too - it's really accessible (intentionally) while also bringing some really interesting and complicated musical stuff into the mix. all-time pop record right here
As a someone who barely makes the cut to be a Millenial, this album is fantastic. The production threw me for a loop when I first heard it back in 2017 and holds up pretty well. Lorde's lyrics really encapsulated how I felt during my college years.
This was great. A little inconsistent but I enjoyed it all.
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
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
"Green Light" Released: 2 March 2017 "Perfect Places" Released: 1 June 2017 "Homemade Dynamite" Released: 16 September 2017
Really well done. I think this was a good follow up to her stellar debut. Lorde is legit.
4/5 actually it is a pretty nice album!
Standard pop, nice as background noise.
Probably one of the more influential pop albums of the previous decade. Quite solid overall
Liked this album. Good listen for if you're in the feels
Really dug it.
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
Definitely legit and a few classics on here. But ultimately still Lorde and not exactly my style. Still solid
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
Good album… not as good as her first. Solid listen
YAY! Have listened many times, I love this album.
Kind of vocal pop with indie music. Excelent combination
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)
3,8 Noo you are not a liability :(, Lorde I love you! Xxx Ja genieten, ook een leuk “recent” album
Dit is toentertijd langs me heen gegaan, maar ik vind het verrassend goed!
Lekker hoor, ik voel me ineens weer jaren jonger
Very good, though lyrically very heavy on the breakup lament, which I can only take so seriously from someone barely out of their 20s.
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.
Aside from the sad girl vibe, pretty good.
Bangers, bops, great tunes
Want to listen again - could accompany life moments
great dance pop album.
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.
Maybe a bit of its time, not sure how it'll date but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
Ça se laisse bien écouter Fav : Supercut
Bastante bien, pero no tiene mi canción favorita de ella, que es Royals. Así que le doy un 4 al disco.
чисто заглавный трек норм
Good pop, very unique for a young artist.
3.5 stars. There were some bops that I could get into
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
Mevrouw heeft een aparte stem. Nummers hebben wat mij betreft wel hit potentie. Heerlijke dance-achtige muziek! Mijn favoriet is "Green Light"
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.
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
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.
Nice pop album!
Buenaso. Aguante Lorde
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
Very good, good stuff, hard to believe she made that song about green beans
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)
Intelligent, engaging, mature pop music. Not really my thing (not loud enough!) but really good. Kiwis get an extra 🌟 too!
Jedan od najboljih albuma 2017. No fucking cap! Perfect Places ako nisam čuo 100 puta.
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.
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.
solid album. gorgeous voice
it was ok
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"
First time really listening to lorde and I liked it
I like the idea of this as a loose concept album. Also Liability will always get me in my feelings. 8/10
Its actually pretty impressive stuff. Some genuinely cutting edge pop. Moving
Fav tracks: green light, homemade, sober, liabi maybe perfect places?
Was really into Lorde in the initial excitement when first emerging, like she was helping set a new direction for pop music. Not as sure now, it somehow feels dated already.
I tell my kids all the time that I don't care too much for pop but that there are a few incredibly talented female pop artists who have emerged in the last decade or so. I place Lorde in this category with the likes of Taylor Swift or Adele - say what you want, but these ladies can write incredible lyrics and arrange very catchy, melodic songs. They can also belt them out. This album from Lorde is a great example - her lyrics are fiercely emotional (Green Light, Writer in the Dark), edgy(ish) commentaries (Homemade Dynamite, Loveless), or smart wordplay and double meaning (Liability - Lorde is the girl that she loves). And her vocals are great; really mesh nicely with the various musical arrangements. In the end, this is mostly a breakup album but it feels like much more than that. Partly because she didn't just make them all sad sounding; I liked her mixing in of uptempo beats. Couldn't quite give it a 5 (tracks 7-11 not quite as good as the first 6), but it was close.
4 might be a bit much but I can't think of a better pop album for a long time. Good tunes, good production, decent lyrics
Good to vibe to but it’s depressing. A sad vibe album. Perfect for a heartbreak.
Very good, added a bunch to playlist kinda depressing tho
I enjoy both Lorde and Antonoff. Any time I hear something I enjoy from new music from modern pop acts I think "did Antonoff produce this?" and many times I've been right and love it. Yet here... the magic is missing. I think another comment said it right: it's missing the bangers. This album feels 90% of the way there to being great, but it's just missing those one or two songs that, for me, take it to a 5/5.
Either a 3 or 4 depending on the day. Caught me on a good one.
This really surprised me. Never thought I liked Lorde and kind of disregarded her. I tried to listen to her newest album but wasn't sure. This however was pretty good! Occasional boring or generic bits but some really good stuff. Nice song structures and buildings of sounds. Good lyrics which nicely flow with the music, not just singing over chords.
Oh yeah Lorde! I forgot about her, she was a hype a while back. I think I really like her lyrics and use of chords and melody, but there is something about her voice and how heavily produced it all is that I don't super love. but that's not that it is bad, it just isn't my thing. There's a few songs I really liked on here, the one about "I am my mother's child" is a bit spoilt as I have seen numerous videos of her shushing crowds whilst she does that bit accapella and absolutely butchers it. Tough to sing. Also the last song - perfect places! Absolute shock for me, thought that was written by First Aid Kit. Bizarre because it sounds like it was written for country singers. Think I prefer their version but credit to Lorde for an truly excellent song there!
Very well produced marriage of pop music and genuine, from-the-heart songwriting. Really cool!
Decent for a pop album
Like lorde - don't really listen to this type of music often
The album starts like almost any other pop album, however as the following songs starts, all the songs sound melancholic, like she misses something but at the same time is happy to let the past be. The last song give this feeling of overcoming this part of her life but she will miss those days.
Honestly never listened to lorde before other than what had played on the radio. Very mad at radio stations for not playing “Green Light” more, it’s a banger. Her vocals are so cool and unique, somehow it reminds me of a chilled out Cyndi Lauper. Definitely an iconic artist of her generation. I was reluctant to listen to her before this but I will definitely check out her stuff when it releases. “Dynamite” is really great too. Album takes a turn at “Liability” and becomes more dramatic and bittersweet.
Solid album overall. Can see why she became a star. No song on it's own stands out to me but I did enjoy it all.
Surpreendeu pela qualidade do disco que superou o hit anterior.
listened to again fantastic exploration of love lost
Not my type of music normally but greatly appreciated this album. Nice beat to the songs and she has a great voice.
I can’t wait for the REAL royal to put another album out. It’s been too long
I like it but it all sounds pretty similar, not much range.
Favorite songs: Sober
I’m a total sucker for Jack Antonoff production.
Ooh, well I know I love Green Light before we even start. Well... This whole thing was like the Taylor Swift of self loathing and I thought it was great! Louvre and Liability were standouts, and have some real wit and humour about them. The music was good, but not astounding, and a little bit too enamoured of that soft bloopy bass drum sound.
I found this album surprisingly tough to rate. In a vacuum it's a good album that features her distinctive vocal and musical styles well. I think that she's growing up as a lyricist and trying new things. However, I liked her first album a lot, and this feels like a step back from that. I could see a situation where, as time goes one, I grow to have a greater appreciation for this album relative to Pure Heroine, but as it stands this album feels a lot less fun and interesting. Still good, but definitely stuck in the shadow of it's older sibling 4/5
very good, enjoyed it.
Je l'ai toujours bien aimée! Cet album est pas le plus connu, mais très bon tout de même!
Extremely polished and a dramatic shift from her debut, Lorde is battling a broken heart and the lust for partying on Melodrama. I absolute love the first couple of tracks and while there are a few lesser lows along the way, I was really entertained and quite frankly a bit shocked about the quality pop songwriting on this.
When this came out I was too edgy and disliked pop for the sake of disliking it lmao. Actually quite a nice album, easy listen for sure, varied songs and I'm surprised how much of it I liked. Saved tracks: Sober, Homemade Dynamite, The Louvre, Sober II (Melodrama)
Very decent pop album. I don't really care for pop, but if I was going to listen to pop, I'd listen to something like this. 3.75/5
Love it 4
I've known Lorde is supposed to be good but this was the first time I've given an album of hers a listen. Some pretty good songs and musically very interesting. Will come back to this.
I really like this one. Probably my favorite of the albums that are new to me from this project. I did know of it and already really liked “Green Light”. I’m going to give it a 4 even if it leans towards a 5, though. That’s mostly because of “Liability”, which I really didn’t like (and for some reason is on here twice?). I think I might like this more on a second listen, though.
Pretty fucking good album. Fav song: Liability
This album was fantastic. Lorde is a great performer and writer. Favorite track: Hard Feelings/Loveless
It's actually a nice album! I know Lorde only from the extremely annoying song "Royals", which was definitely overplayed on the radio soon after it was initially released. My hatred for this song was sufficient for me to never try any other track from her album. Apparently only until today. I still dont know any other song from her previous album, but if it's as good as this one, then I should quickly make up for that mistake. "Melodrama" opens up with a really catchy song "Green Light", one of the singles from this record. This track also sets up the mood of the album (if you couldn't make it up from the title of the album), and this rather sad and melancholic theme is creating a nice atmosphere. It's not overwhelming at any point, it gives you a perfect look into the state of mind and emotions of author. I really like songs like "Louvre" and both parts of "Sober" really well done stuff. I guess there's two questions - is it good enough for this list? And regardless, why isn't this album more popular? Small contradictions, but still, I had a nice time with this album.
I dont know modern pop music very well, so it was nice to get this album to expand my music knowledge a bit.
Pretty fun for pop, but a little whiney and some of the songs really blend together. Cool sound design overall.
I didn’t really like this album, can’t really pinpoint why.
nodded my head a couple times
Much better than i expected
Put everyone in alarm mode when it was released, great work for a teenager. Not something I’d listen to, but some catchy tracks
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.
melodramatic indeed. pop laments that catch some feels. album breezed by
This is one of those cases where I don't really like the music, but I can appreciate that it's good music.
Słuchałam ją jakiś czas temu, bez większego wrażenia
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.
Solid pop album with some catchy songs and thoughtful lyrics. Not really for me.
Wasn't blown away, but Lorde has such a unique voice anything she does is going to sound cool.
Well produced. Not my taste.
Enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Good pop music all the way through.
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.