Listen to Lorde’s new album Melodrama and its confusion, heartbreak and angst
New Zealand singer Lorde has released her much anticipated sophomore album Melodrama today.
The follow up to Lorde’s Grammy-nominated Pure Heroine has 11 tracks, and all were co-written by Lorde and Jack Antonoff. The album, of course, includes the two singles released from it so far — the critically-acclaimed ‘Green Light‘ and the just released and much talked about ‘Perfect Places‘.
My favorite tracks so far? Two.
The last track and her second single ‘Perfect Places‘ because it’s a Lorde who really isn’t sure what she’s doing or why, and ‘Liability‘ because both the lyrics and the melody are incredibly sad, and Lorde’s deep, gravely voice is heart-breaking right along with it.
“They say “You’re a little much for me, you’re a liability, you’re a little much for me”, so they pull back, make other plans, I understand I’m a liability, get you wild, make you leave. I’m a little much for everyone. The truth is I am a toy that people enjoy, till all of the tricks don’t work anymore, and then they are bored with me”.
And all of this sadness is not surprising really as Melodrama was apparently written for two reasons. The first after Lorde got her heart broken, and the second as a result of how confused she felt as she moved from her teenage years to adulthood and how difficult she found it to adjust.
Which is a fact I think most people forget — that Lorde is still barely out of her teens, as she seems so mature both when she sings and when she is interviewed,
And that is why we get an album that, even on the deceptively more upbeat tracks, you can still feel her angst and her feelings of being just a little bit lost.
Or listen to it in the plug-ins from either of them below. It really is lovely.