Since her debut album Pure Heroine dropped seemingly out of nowhere when she was just 16 years old, featuring mega smash-hit Royals, New Zealand-born sensation Lorde has taken her sweet time before releasing her new effort Melodrama, a decision which was clearly utterly worth it due to its absolute brilliance.
Now aged 20, her growth in song writing is captured in this 11-track stunning cacophony of blistering tracks. “Green Light” is wonderfully catchy, boasting beautiful lyrics and infectious dance beat; the song is pure anthemic noise you simply can’t get enough of. “Sober” has a drum sample that keeps the simplicity of the track moving along. A bright brass section littered subtly just in the right places gives a surprising edge to the sound, keeping things utterly fresh.
Completely inventive, cheeky, and fun is the only way to describe “The Louvre”. She’s possibly come up with an unbeatable lyric: “they’ll hang us in the Louvre – down the back, but who cares, it’s still the Louvre.” There’s a maturity of song writing on show here, something that her pop contemporaries aren’t quite managing just as eloquently.
“Liability” is a raw, outpouring of personal emotion. So seldom are ballads on an album the absolute standout, but Lorde has absolutely mastered just that with this track. Perfectly simple with just keys and vocals, but it’s all it needs to become an utter masterpiece which will surely go down in composing history. “Hard Feelings” has a slightly dissonant, edgy sound, giving it an extra charm sonically. The song may be slightly long, clocking in at 6:07 – but the feedback drenched second section makes for interesting listening and warrants the extra effort to listen right way until the end.
An exuberant follow up to the initial “Sober” is “Sober II (Melodrama)”. Songs like this one show just how much Lorde’s song writing has massively come on in leaps and bounds; it has an established artist feel to it. Dark subject matter is littered throughout – such as in, “the terror, and the horror, gotta’ wonder why we bother.” “Supercut” is a mesmerising tale of a relationship, and it’s simply lovely to hear such honest storytelling from an artist. The clean, unedited vocal take in the middle-eight is positively stunning.
Album closer “Perfect Places” puts Lorde truly in her own league of musicality. She cements herself as truly the voice of a younger generation, with lyrics such as: “all the nights spent off our faces, trying to find these perfect places, what the f**k are perfect places anyway?”
This album is pure brilliance, plain and simple. So much so it’s hard to even comment on it without just pouring out an expression of gushing admiration. It’s absolutely a contender for the album of 2017, and with a world tour coming up, there’s truly no halting the unstoppable force of Lorde’s well-deserved rise and rise to fame. This album is a challenge, almost battle cry, to all her pop world contemporaries, and I would love to see someone try to rise to this almost unattainable challenge of creating an album half as fantastic as Melodrama.