11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Four years after Lorde illuminated suburban teendom with Pure Heroine, she captures the dizzying agony of adolescence on Melodrama. “Everyone has that first proper year of adulthood,” she told Beats 1. “I think I had that year.” She chronicles her experiences in these insightful odes to self-discovery that find her battling loneliness (“Sober”), conquering heartbreak (“Writer in the Dark”), embracing complexity (“Hard Feelings/Loveless”), and letting herself lose control. “Every night I live and die,” she sings on “Perfect Places,” an emotionally charged song about escaping reality. “I’m 19 and I'm on fire."

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Four years after Lorde illuminated suburban teendom with Pure Heroine, she captures the dizzying agony of adolescence on Melodrama. “Everyone has that first proper year of adulthood,” she told Beats 1. “I think I had that year.” She chronicles her experiences in these insightful odes to self-discovery that find her battling loneliness (“Sober”), conquering heartbreak (“Writer in the Dark”), embracing complexity (“Hard Feelings/Loveless”), and letting herself lose control. “Every night I live and die,” she sings on “Perfect Places,” an emotionally charged song about escaping reality. “I’m 19 and I'm on fire."

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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4.6 out of 5
2K Ratings
2K Ratings
Broken Headphones ,

THE QUEEN HAS RETURNED!

There really is no other artist quite like Lorde. Her unique mix of chamber pop beats and mystifyingly deep lyrics made her stand far apart in an industry built on artificiality. But there's none of that here. As we've seen in her 2013 debut "Pure Heroine" and even on the "Hunger Games" soundtrack she curated, her passion for creating songs that stick with you emotionally and sonically has continued with incredible new tracks like "Green Light" and "Liability." The new era of Lorde has only just begun, and it can only get better from here!

mjw716 ,

Ella is blossoming before our eyes

It's sad to see people yearning for Pure Heroine vibes - it's been about 3.5 years since then, of course her sound as changed as she has grown up!!! Green Light & Liability perfectly display her range and versatility as an artist. The lyrics are moving, the piano medlies are beautiful and memorable, and her overall sound is refreshing & unique. SO EXCITED FOR MELODRAMA!!!! Thank you so much Ella <3

Bluebbly ,

MELODRAMA IS MY MAMA

This album is gonna wreck me. Yaassss queen Lorde 😭😩👌🏼

About Lorde

Where previous generations of teenagers frequently had to endure middle-aged marketing managers’ ideas of what entertainment should look like, millennial teens were #blessed with one of pop culture’s greatest young laureates: New Zealand’s Ella Yelich-O’Connor, a.k.a. Lorde. After being spotted at a talent show and signing to Universal at age 12, she quickly chewed through a series of writing partners until she met Joel Little, a fellow Auckland native and former pop-punk frontman. Together, they wrote “Royals,” a song that not only defined her perspective—with its unimpressed, teenage dismissal of material obsessions—but also propelled her skeletal electro-pop debut, 2013’s Pure Heroine, to a Grammy nomination. She captured the late-night trains home, clandestine kisses, and heavy symbolism of your first love remembering to buy your favorite juice—little of which, she seemed to know, lasts. But Lorde’s feel for suburban adolescent disconnect catalyzed into precocious power moves—such as curating the soundtrack for the third Hunger Games movie—and an astute lens on the wider world on 2017’s Melodrama. Richer in sound and experience, the album found strength in different kinds of isolation: the temporary plight of the newly heartbroken and the lifelong fate of the writer.

HOMETOWN
Auckland, New Zealand
BORN
November 7, 1996

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