Welcome back to the school year, two+ months in anyways, this is year three of blogging and I decided I would change it up a little bit. In the past, I’ve done my ‘Capture-vating’ blog and have tried to talk about a certain photography technique and how a famous photographer uses it to create their art. This year, I decided that I would talk about another huge influence to how I perceive art…music. So, if you stay tuned, I’ll be picking favorite albums and going into depth onto why the album made my cut of the definition of a masterpiece.
This entry, Lorde’s newest album “Melodrama” is on full display. While she is known for her song “Royals” in her debut album from 2013, I insist that you do not overlook this new album. What is so impressive about her is that she was merely 16 years old when her first album came out; now at 20, she has another album that needs to be put on the spotlight.
Personally, not one of the new songs is one that I have to skip, and that is impressive in itself. The very personal appeal that Lorde brings to love and life as a teenager, and now adult, convinces you that you went through the exact same thing she did. The power of her lyrics to relate to almost any situation that pops into your mind when you first here the song is spot on. The teen years can sometimes feel rushed. Based on personal experience, the thought of outgrowing the golden year of 17 is enough to make me panic that I haven’t fully lived it up to expectations.
The thing about “Melodrama” is that it nurses that daunting thought and confirms what happens in your teen years aren’t necessarily sealed. And once you reach adulthood, a completely new chapter starts. The love is just a little more real, and a little more difficult.
- Green Light
- Homemade Dynamite
- The Louvre
- Hard Feelings/Loveless
- Sober II (Melodrama)
- Writer in the Dark
- Perfect Places
The unpredictability and angst of how to handle yourself in times of repair and growth are almost personified through a couple of these songs, as if they give instructions on how to fix yourself based on how she did.
There is a specific sound in this album that an ameatuer like myself can only round up as a storytelling sound. The slower ones bring feeling of hurt and recovery, and they are all beautiful… “Liability” (which was a dropped as a single to tease the album) is raw with emotion; it almost brings you to your dangerous zone of feelings (proceed with caution). The faster ones, such as “Supercut”, “Homemade Dynamite”, and “The Louvre,” bring on the wild roller coaster of feelings that life brings you through.They make you live/relive those feelings with her.
Overall, Lorde has power over you in this album, and I think it is in your best interest for it to stay that way to experience the most from “Melodrama.”