Lorde's sophomore record 'Melodrama' is one of the most important and vulnerable records that will ever hit your life. When Lorde first hit the scene in 2013, everybody was paying attention... to the extent that even David Bowie called her the "future of music" and what followed suit was a really strong debut record 'Pure Heroine' where she embodied a worldly body of work that was years above most seventeen-year-old's time and after a little break, it seems Lorde has taken herself back a few years and taken a look at a twenty-year-old in different circumstances.
The album opens on debut single 'Green Light,' a sonic and lyrically different direction for Lorde. The song is about those moments after your life changes and all the silly little things that you gravitate towards... it seems that Lorde gravitated herself towards the nearest disco ball and features a slight nod at an ex-lover "she thinks you love the beach, you're such a damn liar," it's one line... but it tells the whole story behind the song and with it's subtle Lorde-ironic-style-author... the theme continues on second track 'Sober' where Lorde talks openly about the end of a relationship... and “Jack and Jill get fucked up and possessive when they get dark.” It's not good news though as Lorde ponders "what will we do when were sober?" and on 'Homemade Dynamite' Lorde flirts with the idea of being with someone new over the weird, synthy beat "I'll give you my best side, tell you all my best lies."
'The Louvre' sees the narrative of Lorde's new happiness on 'Homemade Dynamite' continue with themes of obsession and a metaphorical usage of the iconic The Louvre (a museum in France known for storing some of the most beautiful and legendary paintings). The ideology behind this metaphor sees Lorde likening her new and happy period in her life to art, even to be hung up in the museum.. even "down the back / but who cares / it's still The Louvre." But sadly for Lorde, as the song fades out... it feels like the romance does too and the heartbreaking 'Liability' tells us that... as Lorde struggles "he don't wanna know me / says he made the big mistake of dancing in my storm / says it was poison" as she has to make the adjustment to being single again and that's something that a lot of people may struggle with and sonically the song gives BIG David Bowie teas...
We hit the post-breakup stage of the relationship with 'Hard Feelings / Loveless' and 'Writer In The Dark' where Lorde seeks revenge on her ex-lover... on 'Hard Feelings / Loveless,' Lorde realises she's not over her ex yet and the end of the relationship was not amicable and on 'Writer In The Dark' she explores the notion of seeking a Taylor Swift-esque revenge strategy (with a real Kate Bush vibe) "bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark." Another vibe on the record of another artist has got to be Robyn... tracks like 'Supercut' and 'Perfect Places' have that euphoric, dance vibe to them ridden with heartbreak and it's the perfect composition of pop music... the latter being the perfect end to the heartbreaking 'Melodrama' record as it seems to be a return to the beginning of the record where Lorde admits she will make the same mistakes again "every night, I live and die / meet somebody, take 'em home / let's kiss and then take off our clothes / it's just another graceless night"... not quite the same girl who was "kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air."
'Melodrama' is a heartbreaking record... through the core, Lorde gives us the most vulnerability an artist can give and whilst she has altered her sound to be a lot more pop... one thing that is very clear here is her lyrical content hasn't been sacrificed to fit a simple pop melody, which gives her that unique Robyn meets Kate Bush vibe where you have really catchy tracks with really dark and heartbreaking lyrics and she refuses to let her lyrics resolve into standard pop normalities you may expect... note... there's no rappers on the record. Just Lorde. And her heartbreak.