After a number of well-received singles, Lorde finally dropped her second album “Melodrama” on Friday and we really enjoyed it. If you’re looking for your next pop obsession, Melodrama is the record for you. Carrying 11 melodic and greatly varied tracks, there’s something in there for everyone and to suit all moods.
New Zealander Lorde, real name Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, was born in Takapuna in 1997 and raised in Auckland, before being signed with Universal Music Group in 2010 at just 13 years old. 2013 saw the release of her first album Pure Heroine when Lorde was 17 years old. Pure Heroine went on to sell over a million copies worldwide and reached number 1 and top 5’s in a number of countries, with singles “Tennis Courts” & “Royals” being the most successful.
Melodrama is a very well constructed modern pop record, with a mix of catchy melodies, some more dancey beats and some interesting production techniques. Lorde’s singing style, to us, consists of broken singing, almost verging on spoken word on the verses and then actual singing through the choruses that, when coupled with her extremely individual sound, makes for a stand out record.
One thing we will say about Lorde is that she seems to sing in riddles. We have no doubt there’s a meaning behind every track, but we really struggle to join up the dots. Give us a chance Lorde!!
We really like this album, it’s a good length at just 11 songs, there’s a good balance of interludes & ballads and there aren’t really any fillers from what we can hear, nearly every song has its place on the record and a lot of them are potential singles. Listen to Green Light, Liability, Supercuts and Liability (reprise), they’re our favourite tracks!
Artwork: It’s definitely a piece of art and could easily be used as a decorative piece, we like it!
Favourite tune: Supercut