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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the New Zealand pop singer-songwriter was produced with Jack Antonoff.
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Green Light
I do my makeup in somebody else's car We order different drinks at the same bars I know about what you did and I wanna scream the truth She thinks... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Jun 28, 2017
    100
    Melodrama overwhelms me. It reaches me at that weird and fragile center.
  2. 100
    Self-care has allowed Lorde to make something extraordinary and authentic, something that takes you by the hand and assures you that you can survive and thrive in the same sea of emotion.
  3. Jun 28, 2017
    90
    She is intensely self-aware and, accordingly, is able to take all the inelegancies of youth--the stumbles out of nightclub doors, the clothes strewn across the bedroom floor, how apocalyptic that first heartbreak feels--and turn them into something exquisite.
  4. Jun 15, 2017
    88
    Lorde captures emotions like none other. Her second album is a masterful study of being a young woman, a sleek and humid pop record full of grief and hedonism, crafted with the utmost care and wisdom.
  5. 80
    There are no gimmicks. There’s nothing screaming for acceptance. Melodrama is a raw, real album under its sparkly clean production. One written for the masses but able to resonate with each individual listener.
  6. 80
    Fuelled by a black humour that’s almost become her trademark, there’s heartbreak and ecstasy, desire, fear, uncertainty, acting on impulse, making mistakes and (maybe) learning from them. And those are tunes we can definitely dance to.
  7. Jun 16, 2017
    75
    This is a personal singer-songwriter album outfitted in pop colors. Strings swoop, backing vocals become percussion beds, keyboards are smudged and distorted with dance club grime, beats ascend and then dissolve.

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  1. Negative: 33 out of 806
  1. Sep 4, 2019
    10
    Iconik meloarte cagandose en NFRcagada, grande sos patrona de cagalana.
    Esperandaaa las premiaciones para ver como se caga en burlana, asiez
  2. Mar 6, 2018
    10
    In 2013, an unknown artist named Lorde released the song Royals, which became a hit globally. This led to her debut album Pure Heroine, a popIn 2013, an unknown artist named Lorde released the song Royals, which became a hit globally. This led to her debut album Pure Heroine, a pop album that is filled with songs that cover Lorde’s teenage emotions. After a four-year hiatus, Lorde released her second album, Melodrama. This album was worth the four years wait.
    Melodrama is a self-reflection on the past years of her life after the overnight fame she gained with Royals, with solitude and heartbreak being the main themes of the album. In the duration of this album, Lorde embraces herself lyrically and accepts that sometimes she may be alone as she grows from teenager to young adult, as seen throughout each song’s lyrics.
    The songs on Melodrama are very much like the album’s title, melodramatic, with grand lyrics and production throughout. The album’s first track, “Green Light”, is a great example of this and sets the stage for the rest of the album. On Green Light, Lorde sings with passion of her frustrations with a past lover and being ready to move on from them. The production from Jack Antonoff accelerates this song even further adding more “grandness” to the song with multiple background instruments.
    The lyrics throughout Melodrama are wonderful and each song is written by Lorde herself. While the production throughout most of the album is poppy and upbeat, the lyrics hidden in plain sight say otherwise. For example, casual listeners of the song “Sober” might see the song as Lorde claiming she and her lover cannot be broken apart, but within the same song, she wonders what will become of them after they are no longer intoxicated at a party.
    Again, one of Lorde’s greatest strengths as a songwriter is her multidimensional lyrics that relate to all her listeners, even if they wouldn’t like to admit it. A song that showcases this strength is the ballad “Liability”, where Lorde is at her most vulnerable on Melodrama. On Liability, Lorde sings about feeling useless as well as being like a toy that will eventually be thrown out after one is bored with it, which reflects Lorde’s status as a pop star and the general public’s image of her but can also relate to listeners own potential insecurities and how they feel about their own relationships and friendships.
    Lorde is a once in a generation artist and Melodrama proves this, the lyrics are relatable and beautiful, and Jack Antonoff’s production helps add to Lorde’s voice even further. Even if listeners cannot commit their time to listen to this album for the full forty-one-minute duration, I still highly recommend listening to any song off Melodrama just to expose themselves to a taste of what Lorde brings to the pop genre with this album. Melodrama was one of the best albums of 2017 and is now personally one of my favorite albums of all time. It’s honestly amazing how talented Lorde is at such a young age. Being a Grammy-nominated and Billboard-topping album doesn’t even come close to the recognition this album deserves.
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  3. Jun 16, 2017
    10
    A very cohesive and well-arranged album. It deserves all the acclaims it's been getting so far. Despite the album being great as a whole,A very cohesive and well-arranged album. It deserves all the acclaims it's been getting so far. Despite the album being great as a whole, there are not many stand-out tracks or single-worthy songs that you would enjoy listening on the radio. Still, an amazing effort by lorde who writes and co-produces ALL her songs herself. Expand
  4. Jul 30, 2020
    10
    the instrumentals and the lyrics in this album are amazing. i loved it so much
  5. Nov 10, 2017
    10
    Esse álbum é simples, cheio de lirismo e coeso. É incrivel como a Lorde conseguiu trazer algo de qualidade mesmo com temas clichês que é oEsse álbum é simples, cheio de lirismo e coeso. É incrivel como a Lorde conseguiu trazer algo de qualidade mesmo com temas clichês que é o “fim de relacionamento”, mas engana-se quem acha que é apenas isso. É uma história sobre uma festa, sobre conhecer alguém, perder o rumo, descobrir-se, decepcionar-se, ser feliz e triste, ficar sozinho, ficar rodeado de gente. São 11 faixas tão importantes para o conceito que até mesmo a curta e simples “Liability (Reprise)” faria falta para o álbum. Há canções simples e orgânicas como “Writer In The Dark” até as mega-produções “Sober”, “Green Light” e “Perfect Places”. É interessante ver um minimalismo diferente do que a Lorde está habituada em “The Louvre”, com acordes de violão e guitarra, antes não explorados pela cantora, espaços vazios, sons de batida de coração, suspiros... E as letras, então... Nunca a Lorde foi tão sincera consigo mesma, entregando toda a sua alma em suas músicas, suas angústias, seu sentimento de coração partido, de jovem em ascensão. Melodrama é uma tragédia, um épico, uma prosa lírica, que tem como última linha um questionamento “O que diabos são esses lugares perfeitos, afinal”. Expand
  6. Jun 16, 2017
    10
    People say that "Melodrama" is just a shadow of PH, but it`s not. There is one word to try to describe this album is incredible. Lorde createdPeople say that "Melodrama" is just a shadow of PH, but it`s not. There is one word to try to describe this album is incredible. Lorde created the best pop/alternative album of decade. I`m in shock of album songs so far. Just masterpiece. No words. Expand
  7. Sep 3, 2019
    0
    extremamente genérico, qualquer álbum pop que você já ouviu na vida, tem no melodrama, sonoridade com a mesma porcaria de sempre, tenho nojo,extremamente genérico, qualquer álbum pop que você já ouviu na vida, tem no melodrama, sonoridade com a mesma porcaria de sempre, tenho nojo, old que é superestimado, gays cult que compram roupinha na renner costumam elogiar essa bomba, argh Expand

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