Ella did not disappoint.
After the silences that followed post electro-pop Pure Heroin, people were really beginning to wonder if Lorde could top her first album.
Then came Melodrama.
Melodrama, Lorde's sophomore album released June 16, is a call for some soul searching, to those who feel heart broken, whether it be losing the one they love or losing a part of themselves.
She has the ability to make an album centered around losing love light up. From the moment you turn on the first song of the album, Green Light, to Writer in the Dark and Liability, you can hear that she crafted pain into something absolutely beautiful.
For me, this album struck me more than Pure Heroin ever did, and I LOVED Pure Heroin.
Whether it be relatable life experiences or the sheer talent and ability of Ms Ella, Melodrama let me find myself in every song.
Here, I'm going to break down some of the songs on the album, excluding those that were singles prior to the albums release (cause at this point what's to say about those, everyone already knows they're amazing.)
Homemade dynamite- Homemade dynamite strikes a chord for the young and fearless. It tricks you into thinking you are finishing the song, only to suck you back in and give you one more great ending. It's upbeat and feels the most "Pure Heroin" of all the others.
Hard Feelings/loveless- I love this because A. it is a BOP B. it's the bitter taste left in her mouth post breakup. "When you out grow a lover, the whole world knows but you," is beautiful. It also splits between Hard Feelings to Loveless, with Loveless like another song added at the end.
The Louvre- The only slightly negative thing I have to say about this entire album is about this song. When I listen to the song, I enjoy it. It's a song to turn on and dance to. But the moment I turn it off, I find myself quickly forgetting about its existence. For some reason to me, it doesn't stick. But despite that, the quality of the song is still A+. Maybe after a little more exposure, it will begin to grow on me.
Writer in the dark- This song is almost hard to write about, but it's the one I want to dive into the most. It's my favorite, mostly because it speaks to apart of my life that was so dear to me. Breakups man, what are you going to do. Her vocals in this song sound so raw, like she's right there next to you. In this case, the intimacy of the song calls for that closeness. It blows me away quite honestly, that Ella is able to be so raw and honest. "But in our darkest hours, I stumbled on a secret power,
I'll find a way to be without you, babe."
Supercut- My first thoughts when hearing this song were "You want him back. But no girl, no you don't. But you kinda do." You can do it Ella. The most interesting thing about this one was the connections I thought of relating to the track 400 Lux on her Pure Heroin album.
In 400 Lux, she mentions being in the car in a positive way: "But you keep the car on/While you're waiting out front/You pick me up and take me home again" and then later in Supercut, "In your car, the radio up/We keep trying to talk about us." While the connection could be very unoriginal, I could imagine this was the same car, with the same guy, but Supercut is her updated version.