Melodrama [sound recording]
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Format:
Music CD, Musical Sound Recording, Sound Recording
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Edition:
[Explicit version].
Publisher, Date:
New York, NY : Republic / Universal, [2017]
℗2017
Copyright:
℗2017
Description:
1 audio disc (approximately 41 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.
digital optical stereo
audio file CD audio
Summary:
Four years after releasing her Grammy Award-winning debut, Lorde is back with one of 2017's most anticipated albums. Her latest includes the track Liability and the first single, Green Light.
Content Advice:
Parental advisory: explicit content.
Performer:
Lorde ; with accompanying musicians.
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Notes:
Compact disc.
Title from container spine.
Program notes and song lyrics inserted in container.
Contents:
Green light (3:54) -- Sober (3:17) -- Homemade dynamite (3:09) -- The Louvre (4:31) -- Liability (2:51) -- Hard feelings/Loveless (6:07) -- Sober II (Melodrama) (2:58) -- Writer in the dark (3:36) -- Supercut (4:37) -- Liability (reprise) (2:16) -- Perfect places (3:41).
  
Publisher Number:
11852450
B002661502
B0026615-02
Other Number:
982544991
Control Number:
3525901
  
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Notes / Track List
Growing up in public has been a rite of passage for pop stars since at least Frank Sinatra but, as with any classic storyline, what matters is the execution. Lorde, the preternaturally talented New Zealand singer/songwriter who became an international sensation at the age of 17, knows how to execute not only songwriting and public narrative but also a melding of the two. Melodrama, arriving nearly four long years after her 2013 debut, picks up the thread left hanging on Pure Heroine, presenting Lorde as a young woman, not a sullen teenager. Tonally and thematically, it's a considerable shift from Pure Heroine, and Melodrama feels different musically too, thanks in part to Lorde's decision to collaborate with Jack Antonoff, the leader of Fun. and Bleachers who has been nearly omnipresent in 2010s pop/rock. Antonoff's steely signatures -- a reliance on retro synths, a sheen so glassy it glares -- are all over the place on Melodrama but Lorde is unquestionably the auteur of the album, not just because the songs tease at autobiography but because of how it builds upon Pure Heroine. Lorde retains her bookish brooding, but Melodrama isn't monochromatic. "Green Light" opens the proceedings with a genuine sense of exuberance and it's an emotion she returns to often, sometimes reveling in its joy, sometimes adding an undercurrent of melancholy. Sadness bubbles to the surface on occasion, as it does on the stark "Liability," and so does Lorde's penchant for blunt literalism -- "Writer in the Dark," where our narrator sings "bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark," thereby suggesting all of her songs are some kind of autobiography -- but these traits don't occupy the heart of the album. Instead, Lorde is embracing all the possibilities the world has to offer but then retreating to the confines of home, so she can process everything she's experienced. This balance between discovery and reflection gives Melodrama a tension, but the addition of genuine, giddy pleasure -- evident on the neon pulse of "Homemade Dynamite" and "Supercut" -- isn't merely a progression for Lorde, it's what gives the album multiple dimensions. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
1Green Light
2Sober
3Homemade Dynamite
4Louvre
5Liability
6Hard Feelings/Loveless
7Sober II (Melodrama)
8Writer in the Dark
9Supercut
10Liability (Reprise)
11Perfect Places
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