On Friday, June 16th, 2017 pop singer Lorde released her long-awaited sophomore album titled Melodrama. According to Lorde, Melodrama is simply put an album about “being alone, the good parts and the bad parts”.
Melodrama is a beautifully crafted adventure that takes us through the beginning stages of heartbreak, up until the feeling of revitalization, when we realize everything will be okay. The beginning songs of the record ponder sadness, and the loneliness that comes with losing the person you loved. In the first track, “Green Light”, Lorde goes through a multitude of emotions derived from heartbreak. “Well those rumors, they have big teeth. Hope they bite you. Thought you said that you would always be in love, but you’re not in love no more.” she sings, scathingly. According to Lorde, “Green Light” is about getting your heart broken and the little things you begin to notice after that person leaves.
In my personal favorite song, “The Louvre”, Lorde takes us back to a period when she was happy in her relationship. “I call and you come through. Blow all my friendships, just to sit in hell with you. But, we’re the greatest. They’ll hang us in the Louvre. Down the back, but who cares-still the Louvre.” She sings in the third verse. “The Louvre” perfectly describes what it’s like to develop feelings for someone. It feels exhilarating, and the song will give you butterflies in your stomach.
Feelings of sadness and heartbreak make their return in the song “Liability”, another one of my favorites off the album. What really gets me about this song, is Lorde’s impeccable songwriting. She sings about feeling like a burden on everyone around her, ultimately causing them to leave. “The truth is, I am a toy that people enjoy until all of the tricks don’t work anymore, and then they get bored of me.” she sings softly. “Liability” fills a unique space in Melodrama as it is one of few ballads and slower songs.
Meanwhile, in “Hard Feelings/Loveless” Lorde begins her journey of letting go and finding self-love. “I light all the candles, cut flowers for all my rooms. I care for myself the way I used to care about you.” she sings, somberly. Sound-wise, this song is very relaxing and whimsical. It fits in very well with the overall “aesthetic” and story of the album.
In “Writer In The Dark” Lorde comes to the conclusion that she will always love her ex, but that will not deter her from moving on. Her voice sounds heartbroken and strained as if she’s letting go of a part of her as she sings “I am my mother’s child, I’ll love you ’til my breathing stops, I’ll love you ’til you call the cops on me.” “Writer In The Dark” is a breathtakingly beautiful piano ballad that will tug at your heart strings and make you feel exactly what she’s feeling.
The album’s finale track is upbeat summer anthem “Perfect Places”. This song is the perfect closer to this album and an excellent ending to the story. The sound is exuberant and truly makes you feel as if there really are happy endings.
Overall, I’d say Lorde’s Melodrama is a genuinely incredible album. It chronicles the emotions of despair that come with heartache as well as the revival perfectly, while still being upbeat and fun. You can listen to Melodrama in its entirety here.