Lorde - Melodrama (2017)

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maura, Thursday, 2 March 2017 19:15 (one year ago) Permalink


flopson, Thursday, 2 March 2017 19:26 (one year ago) Permalink

there's a lot going on there

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 2 March 2017 19:26 (one year ago) Permalink

I like that it's not "Royals" redux, which would be the worst possible move. And I like it in and of itself.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 2 March 2017 19:36 (one year ago) Permalink

I don't care, I love it, I don't care

ridiculously dope soul (unregistered), Thursday, 2 March 2017 19:41 (one year ago) Permalink

This is basically what I wish Jamie XX's music sounded like.

ornate orchestral arrangements (DJP), Thursday, 2 March 2017 19:43 (one year ago) Permalink

This is a jam.

how's life, Thursday, 2 March 2017 19:47 (one year ago) Permalink

Interesting production. Melodically about as dull as it's possible to be

imago, Thursday, 2 March 2017 19:49 (one year ago) Permalink

like your opinions then

j/k :* :)

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 2 March 2017 20:04 (one year ago) Permalink

Also, perfect album title.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 2 March 2017 20:11 (one year ago) Permalink

I hope that this go-round I like more than half of the album.

ornate orchestral arrangements (DJP), Thursday, 2 March 2017 20:12 (one year ago) Permalink


a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 2 March 2017 20:15 (one year ago) Permalink

co-written by lena dunham's boyfriend

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 2 March 2017 20:23 (one year ago) Permalink

Really? I usually don't care too much for his stuff.

how's life, Thursday, 2 March 2017 20:38 (one year ago) Permalink

it takes a special kind of performer to almost ruin the energy of a track like that

call all destroyer, Thursday, 2 March 2017 21:00 (one year ago) Permalink

I like this. Very catchy. She's a big fan of the processed hand-clap percussion though.

LimbsKing, Thursday, 2 March 2017 21:01 (one year ago) Permalink

the housey piano is the best bit - ensuing chorus kinda ruins it

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 2 March 2017 21:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Phenomenal song. Disagree about her sucking the energy out of it; it's her droll/incensed/kinda bizarre vocal performance that sells it.

Evan R, Thursday, 2 March 2017 22:00 (one year ago) Permalink

Sounds like it could be a "Hello"-sized smash to me. It's gonna sound incredible hearing this at bar close and on pop radio megamixes all summer long

Evan R, Thursday, 2 March 2017 22:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Definitely has a lot of remix potential. It doesn't quite feel like the dance track I want it to be, but perhaps it's a grower.

Chantilly Bass, Thursday, 2 March 2017 22:31 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm not wild about the production but it feels like it's going to be big regardless.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 2 March 2017 22:59 (one year ago) Permalink

The chorus backing vocals make me think of Kate Bush, so I can't dislike this. Anyone else getting a Katy B vibe as far as direction?

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, 3 March 2017 00:20 (one year ago) Permalink

This isn't bad. I had planned to hate her for all eternity after that Tears for Fears cover.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 3 March 2017 00:38 (one year ago) Permalink

Kate Bush is a good call - not in the way it sounds, but in the way she's maturing as an artist.

Not sure about this on first listen - there is so much going on - but think it may well grow on me.

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Friday, 3 March 2017 01:33 (one year ago) Permalink

i like the parts w/the house piano

example (crüt), Friday, 3 March 2017 01:59 (one year ago) Permalink

aka the good parts

call all destroyer, Friday, 3 March 2017 02:03 (one year ago) Permalink

on second listen it's a total earworm

Van Horn Street, Friday, 3 March 2017 04:02 (one year ago) Permalink

can't stand the video, that being said

Van Horn Street, Friday, 3 March 2017 04:03 (one year ago) Permalink

I like the pre-chorus/chorus, but not so keen on the verses, which feel kind of disconnected to me.

MarkoP, Friday, 3 March 2017 04:07 (one year ago) Permalink

Kate Bush is a good call

Visually as well.

It would/will be more obvious should she breaks out of 1st person relationship songs. As far as I know, Lorde's not an instrumentalist. I wonder what would be today's equivalent of a Fairlight to get in her hands?

Sanpaku, Friday, 3 March 2017 04:17 (one year ago) Permalink

The backing vocals on the chorus sound so much like Niki & The Dove.

kitchen person, Friday, 3 March 2017 04:24 (one year ago) Permalink

the last minute is the best part

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Friday, 3 March 2017 04:43 (one year ago) Permalink

Pretty good song. Dull lyrics but the delivery's convincing. Suspenseful verses building up to a big, booming chorus, the sound of something exciting happening RIGHT NOW.

Kate Bush comparisons seem criminal.

“Remember,” he says, “Noddy Holder is a gangster.” (contenderizer), Friday, 3 March 2017 05:41 (one year ago) Permalink

predictable but decent I guess

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Friday, 3 March 2017 07:57 (one year ago) Permalink

'She thinks she loves the beach you're such a damn liar' ✓

I like this a lot, and think it's full of energy. She uses three or four different sounding vocals in this and I think it really works. Booming chorus.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 3 March 2017 10:13 (one year ago) Permalink

'She thinks you* love the beach etc'

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 3 March 2017 10:14 (one year ago) Permalink

I want to like this but it just makes me want to listen to Miike Snow instead. Silvia specifically.

El Tomboto, Friday, 3 March 2017 11:35 (one year ago) Permalink

the last minute is the best part

OTM, the detuned synth lead steals the whole song

El Tomboto, Friday, 3 March 2017 11:37 (one year ago) Permalink

terrible single on first listen, no coherence between verse and bridge

her voice is not great on this, sounds like she's stretching for those low notes, no idea why they wouldn't just have transposed it, I'm certain she'll be far off key live (not bcz she's not a good singer but bcz the song is out of her register)

niels, Friday, 3 March 2017 12:23 (one year ago) Permalink

I like this.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 3 March 2017 12:31 (one year ago) Permalink

literally can't believe you're all handing out these props to that My First Chord Sequence chorus

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Friday, 3 March 2017 12:39 (one year ago) Permalink

are we really only demanding this of our pop

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Friday, 3 March 2017 12:40 (one year ago) Permalink

(the synth line at the end is decent I guess)

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Friday, 3 March 2017 12:54 (one year ago) Permalink

shut up

ornate orchestral arrangements (DJP), Friday, 3 March 2017 14:37 (one year ago) Permalink

I love it when LJ starts talking about chord sequences and composition like he knows what he's talking about.

Matt DC, Friday, 3 March 2017 14:40 (one year ago) Permalink

This does feel like it was written for the opening ceremony of a major sporting tournament in a city with no clear identity though.

Matt DC, Friday, 3 March 2017 14:41 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah, it doesn't seem very... lordey to me

feels like a belting singer would have served the material better

niels, Friday, 3 March 2017 14:45 (one year ago) Permalink

i don't dislike this but it sounds pretty generic for someone considered an Event Artist (the reasons for which are beyond me)

lex pretend, Friday, 3 March 2017 14:46 (one year ago) Permalink

feels like a belting singer would have served the material better

― niels, Friday, March 3, 2017 9:45 AM (twenty-six minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

my guy

call all destroyer, Friday, 3 March 2017 15:13 (one year ago) Permalink

1st person relationship songs

aka 95% of pop music in 2017

Wimmels, Friday, 3 March 2017 15:38 (one year ago) Permalink

lol if she was thinking "hmm this is going to be in Rolling Stone, how could I fuck with them? Better mention Don Henley"

mh, Sunday, 18 June 2017 17:33 (one year ago) Permalink

DON: Well, yeah.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 18 June 2017 17:39 (one year ago) Permalink

Before giving me any assignments, Whiney asks if I like Don Henley.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 18 June 2017 17:40 (one year ago) Permalink

it's great because half the time I think of RS I picture some old white dude who peaked in the 70s and keeps wondering why there aren't more lists with Led Zepplin

the other half of the time I picture Whiney saying something about deadlines

mh, Sunday, 18 June 2017 17:47 (one year ago) Permalink

Lorde talked to Tavi Gevinson for the Rookie podcast and mentioned Don Henley frequently in that conversation, for what it's worth

monotony, Sunday, 18 June 2017 21:51 (one year ago) Permalink

I think nothing would piss off Don Henley more knowing that a young female electronic musician with an obvious debt to current pop likes him, the more I think about it.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 18 June 2017 22:22 (one year ago) Permalink

def. Kate Bush vibes on the "Writer in the Dark" chorus but Lorde is a million miles away from having the evocative emotional touch of Bush

Unchanging Window (Ross), Monday, 19 June 2017 04:56 (one year ago) Permalink

Saying that I really like this

Unchanging Window (Ross), Monday, 19 June 2017 05:00 (one year ago) Permalink

Yo, fgti, nice!

the ghost of markers, Monday, 19 June 2017 06:42 (one year ago) Permalink

I have listened to the album a lot over the w-e and it's really good.
The only song I don't enjoy as much as the others is "sober" but it's alright.
I find the album almost too short (although I like that most of the songs are unusually short for these days. they say and do what they have to without expending for the sake of it).
One of the several moments I love is the "loveless" part. it's so light and great pop compared to the rest and right in the middle of the album.

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 19 June 2017 08:16 (one year ago) Permalink

Also anyone else get Echo + TB vibes at the end of The Louvre?

It was definitely reminding me of something. Came up with "Puerto Rico Way" by the 6ths.

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 16:06 (one year ago) Permalink

ooooo that's a good one.

Was also wondering what Lorde Album #2 sounds like thematically if Tayor and 1989 didn't exist.

ein Sexmonster (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 20 June 2017 16:50 (one year ago) Permalink

there are a few songs that remind me, maybe through roundabout influence, that Lorde curated a pretty good Hunger Games soundtrack

mh, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 17:01 (one year ago) Permalink


joshywinty (josh), Tuesday, 20 June 2017 22:47 (one year ago) Permalink

Sober is a GREAT track

Unchanging Window (Ross), Wednesday, 21 June 2017 05:55 (one year ago) Permalink

It's been pointed out that Sober is a response to Tennis Court thematically

Unchanging Window (Ross), Sunday, 25 June 2017 20:56 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

this is sequenced flawlessly, one of those summer record you can't help but put on repeat.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 10 July 2017 21:58 (one year ago) Permalink


the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 10 July 2017 21:59 (one year ago) Permalink

did you write about it Alfred? would love your opinion on this record.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 10 July 2017 22:26 (one year ago) Permalink

five months pass...


she rules

In a slipshod style (Ross), Sunday, 17 December 2017 04:54 (one year ago) Permalink

so good

akm, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 00:54 (eleven months ago) Permalink

This is the one album where I initially thought, "album of the year", where I then was, with significant-more listens, an album with just a few album highlights, but that overall was, to my surprise, a disappointment.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Tuesday, 19 December 2017 01:01 (eleven months ago) Permalink

that cover is a butchering imo

sleepingbag, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 05:02 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I listen to it again atm and still really like it.
It feels so intimate and touching for such a big pop act.
And the production is really good.
The whole thing flows nicely and her voice/delivery is fantastic throughout (and I'm not even a fan - have never listened to her first album).
I still think it's a bit of a waste that "Loveless" wasn't made into a proper song.

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 22 December 2017 08:09 (eleven months ago) Permalink

In her wtf interview she enthusing about Phil Collins but I think using Take Me Home as an example of his greatness

President Keyes, Sunday, 24 December 2017 01:07 (eleven months ago) Permalink

It's not the war crime she committed against Tears for Fears level bad, but it's bad.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 24 December 2017 02:28 (eleven months ago) Permalink

^ re: the Collins cover obvs

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 24 December 2017 02:29 (eleven months ago) Permalink

It’s p bad, makes her style feel like schtick actually. Maybe it was on a dare because “I can feel it coming in the air tonight / oh Lorde”. And the keys after the drums enter are pure failure.

attention vampire (MatthewK), Sunday, 24 December 2017 04:05 (eleven months ago) Permalink

just dropping by to say that 'the louvre' is a terrible song and what are you doing calling a song that only a few months after dawn richard bodied that song title

Cardi Acs (imago), Sunday, 24 December 2017 12:06 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Perhaps the cover is not great but range is overrated anyway, just thought it was cool to see her do that song but whatevs

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 24 December 2017 13:22 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Ha, "Take Me Home" is my favorite Phil Collins song ever. Still doesn't make me like this album more. I really like a few songs, but don't see the love for the album whole anymore.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Tuesday, 26 December 2017 00:05 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Yeah I’m a big fun. fan but I definitely prefer Lorde’s Joel Little stuff to her Jack Antonoff stuff.

DJI, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 00:48 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Except that ending of Green Light where the distorted bending synths kick in and finish it off. That bit is killer.

DJI, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 00:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 03:04 (eleven months ago) Permalink

To be fair, fuck Russia.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 03:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

fuck BDS too but really wtf she’s a kid from NZ who sings

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 04:28 (eleven months ago) Permalink


♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 08:33 (eleven months ago) Permalink

New Zealand and Israel are already at war iirc

sbahnhof, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 12:01 (eleven months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Hard to not hear liability and wonder if lorde is alright

Exit stage left (Ross), Friday, 18 May 2018 20:08 (six months ago) Permalink

Lore, please report in

maffew12, Friday, 18 May 2018 20:22 (six months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Classic album

Slippage (Ross), Saturday, 9 June 2018 18:05 (six months ago) Permalink


Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 9 June 2018 18:22 (six months ago) Permalink

Strongly disagree but not enough to go full ogmor about it

imago, Saturday, 9 June 2018 18:50 (six months ago) Permalink

For an album titled “Melodrama,” it was oddly cool-blooded...

“Green Light” is a dynamite track, and around half the others were def. good; but the CD stopped finding its way from my glove box to car stereo after a few weeks.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Saturday, 9 June 2018 20:30 (six months ago) Permalink

Hey Morris maybe you should find that cd.

Slippage (Ross), Sunday, 10 June 2018 01:34 (six months ago) Permalink

It’s still in my glove box! Probably under a CD that gets more play (like “Reputation”).

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Sunday, 10 June 2018 02:03 (six months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Hard feelings/Loveless is absolutely classic

raspberry swirl (Ross), Friday, 29 June 2018 09:32 (five months ago) Permalink

I loved this album !
But it bombed, didn't it ?
I feel like I never hear about her anymore.

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 29 June 2018 09:35 (five months ago) Permalink

I hear about her doing covers every few weeks

President Keyes, Friday, 29 June 2018 14:16 (five months ago) Permalink

she's on world tour forever

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 29 June 2018 14:17 (five months ago) Permalink

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