Man, I really wanted to like this album when it came out. Being such a big fan of Pure Heroine (a 5/5 album imo), I listened to Melodrama over and over with the hope that it would start sounding good or even just tolerable. Reader, it never did. And 6 years later, I still can't convince myself that there's anything here worth listening to. I'm not very good at articulating why the actual sound of the music doesn't click, but the best I can say is that in every song, Lorde's singing doesn't match the instrumentals which is just super annoying. (I think this is a melody problem?) And on top of that, where in her first album Lorde's low singing voice sounds authoratative and smooth, here it sounds strained and grating. And on top of THAT, the lyrics are uninspired. Like I said, I've always wanted to like this album. But nothing worked for me then or works for me now, and I don't think it ever will.