Rocks In The Attic #680: Lorde – ‘Melodrama’ (2017)

RITA#680Last Friday, after almost a year since it first saw the light of day in June 2017, Lorde’s sophomore album Melodrama was finally released on vinyl. Lorde decided to mark the occasion by putting her foot in her mouth and getting into a little hot water on Twitter. She claimed her faux pas was entirely accidental. Hmm…really? It was an extremely specific mistake to make…

Anyway, I’m not sure why it’s taken so long for the LP to be released. You’d think that her record label (Lava Records – a subsidiary of Universal Music) would want to capitalise on Lorde’s global success, particularly as her star started to shine even brighter, with the album going on to become Grammy nominated.

After finally getting to grips with the ‘new’ record, it’s clear why her current U.S. tour is reported to be a failure. The songs – aside from the brilliant Green Light – just aren’t there. Current writing partner Jack Antonoff looks to be an interesting proposition, a good fit to Lorde’s brand of witchy, bohemian electronica; but the absence of Joel Little on the songwriting credits is telling. Even more telling is that his sole writing contribution is on Green Light, the album’s stand-out song.

So, why did I like Lorde’s debut, Pure Heroine, so much? Was it Lorde herself, or was it Joel Little’s input – both as a songwriter and producer – that hooked me in?

Maybe only album number three will tell. At Lorde’s work-rate, we can expect that to be released in 2021 – and probably released on vinyl sometime in 2022.

Hit: Green Light

Hidden Gem: Liability

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