The electro-dream pop prodigy that is known as Lorde, achieves the UK music magazine NME’s best album of 2017 for Melodrama.
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The Grammy award winning singer-songwriter and producer released Melodrama this year on June 16th, through Republic Records, and it is her second studio album. After a three-year hiatus and a begging from her huge world-wide fan base for new music, Lorde, real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor, punched us in the face with her lead single and absolute pop banger ‘Green Light’.
Labelled as one of Time’s most influential teenagers in the world, this youngsters music hits the genre of ‘indietronica’, pop and RnB influence on the head. NME describe the album as “regret-drenched break-up album that waves a magic wand at pain and transforms it into pure pop magic. From house-influenced lead single ‘Green Light’ to the deliciously overwrought ‘Supercut’, Melodrama gives you pause to reflect on the past even as it takes your hand and leads you to the dancefloor.”
Lorde couldn’t have got the title ‘Melodrama’ more right for the vision she had created in her musical and poetry filled genius mind. The definition for this word is “a sensational dramatic piece with exaggerated characters and exciting events intended to appeal to the emotions”, and that’s exactly what it feels like.
Melodrama started taking shape after her breakup from her long-time boyfriend James Lowe in 2015, and embarking on single life as a young women, feeling the light and dark of that time. She called upon sought after producer and guitarist of the band FUN, Jack Antonoff, and they worked together in the cosy recording space of Antonoff’s home studio in his Brooklyn apartment.
When speaking to the New York Times, Ella explained her thoughts of “What was it like to be on a dance floor, to desire someone else on it and to act on this desire? How did it feel to wake up the next morning?” She also went onto say “With a party, there’s that moment where a great song comes on and you’re ecstatic,” she explained, “and then there’s that moment later on where you’re alone in the bathroom, looking in the mirror, you don’t think you look good, and you start feeling horrible.”
Ella emphasized that Melodrama wasn’t a “breakup album.” Instead, she said, “it’s a record about being alone. The good parts and the bad parts.”
The album peaked at No.5 in the UK album charts, and debuted at number one in New Zealand and Australia, as well as topping the US Billboard 200. The record that deals with themes of heartbreak and solitude featured singles such as ‘Green Light’, that hit No.1 in the UK singles charts, ‘Perfect Places’ and the self-reflective heart wrenching ‘Liability’.
Lorde is still in the middle of her Melodrama world tour, that ends with her appearing at the All Points East Festival in London on May 26th.