“Melodrama,” Lorde’s first album in four years following the debut that made her a star with its hit single “Royals,” is finally here. Released on Friday, it’s getting great reviews so far.
It’s a darker turn from 2013’s “Pure Heroine,” which was written when she was just 16 years old.
On “Melodrama,” Lorde proves that while she’s still only 20, she has the maturity to write and make emotional pop music that stands out from the rest, all while managing an Instagram account that reviews onion rings. (Yes, really.)
“Melodrama” is moody, honest, but will still make you want to dance.
Here’s what critics are saying about Lorde’s long-awaited second album:
'With 'Melodrama,' the best modern-pop album of 2017 so far, Lorde has taken a particularly big record-to-record leap. Will album 3 represent as significant a jump as album 2… and maybe take less than four years to do it? As James Comey might say: Lorde, I hope so.' -- Variety
'For all its odd misfires, it makes a great deal of the stuff that sits alongside it in the charts look pretty feeble by comparison. If that sounds like faint praise, it isn't meant to be: if it was easy to make hugely successful mainstream pop music as smart as this, then everybody would be at it. And they patently aren't.' -- The Guardian
'Fuelled by a black humour that's almost become her trademark, there's heartbreak and ecstasy, desire, fear, uncertainty, acting on impulse, making mistakes and (maybe) learning from them. And those are tunes we can definitely dance to.' -- The Independent
'Writing about parties and untrue love, Lorde risks joining the pop pack instead of upending it the way she did with 'Pure Heroine.' But she still has the immediacy of her voice, with its smokiness, melancholy, and barely suppressed rage, and she refuses to let her lyrics resolve into standard pop postures; she understands temptation, complicity, and self-sabotage as well as self-righteousness.' -- The New York Times
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