Melodrama: A masterpiece in disguise

Picture taken from Lorde's "Perfect Places" music video.

By Adamaris Reyes ’19

The New Zealand pop singer, Lorde does it again! She deliberately created an emotional, distinct, and upbeat album that will easily captivate your ears and force your lips to sing along with her.

It’s been three years since Lorde released her first album “Pure Heroine,” which focused on the struggles that Lorde had to face as a teenanger. While that happened a few years ago, she’s had her ups and downs; from falling in love to her first heartbreak, Lorde is slowly realising she is growing up. In a recent Itunes interview, conducted by Zane Lowe, Lorde mentions the following: “Everyone has that first year that feels like the first proper year of adulthood. I moved out of home and all of a sudden I was kind of figuring out who am I when I’m alone? Who am I when I’m doing things just for myself? And I feel like you can really hear that on this record.”

“Melodrama” caught me by surprise as each song had a beautiful and meaningful story. It isn’t like typical songs that share a story but sound like cliche. In fact, “Melodrama” is so alive it’s almost as if Lorde is talking to you but in a way that makes it clear that she doesn’t want you to pity her.  Lorde shows she isn’t afraid to express her emotions and experiences  in this album.

If you asked me to choose between “Melodrama” and “Pure Heroine” I wouldn’t have an answer.  “Pure Heroine” is known for it’s slow, electric tempo, and its endless list of songs, while “Melodrama” has an upbeat tempo with the constant use of a piano and eleven distinctive songs that scream, “listen to me!”

Lorde has the artistic skill to manipulate  your brain, body, and feelings. “Green light” for example, has this happy energetic tempo that makes you want to jump and dance, but the meaning of the song is actually nothing to dance about, as she mentions in the interview, “The song is actually about a heartbreak […]  It was my first major heartbreak. And the song is really about those moments kind of immediately after your life changes and about all the silly little things that you gravitate towards.” The same can be said for “Writer In The Dark.” My first thought was that “Writer In The Dark” was about her ex and how much she loved him, but it actually talks about how he left her for unfair reasons and regardless of the break up she won’t stop what she’s doing: Singing.

I’ve seen the love and fame  that this album has received, but for some people this album doesn’t suit their taste. It’s either too boring or too short of an album that lacks enough songs. For me though, it’s a unique album that doesn’t settle for normal. As  Lorde once said, “I’m an  artist,” and she will never present a song that isn’t meaningful.  “Melodrama” is a masterpiece in disguise, but it’s up to you to uncover it.       

  • Buy on Itunes $10.99
  • Listen on Spotify or Pandora
  • Released June 16, 2017
  • Currently there is no extended album