Lorde - Melodrama (2017)

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maura, Thursday, 2 March 2017 19:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

LORDE BACK

flopson, Thursday, 2 March 2017 19:26 (three weeks ago) Permalink

there's a lot going on there

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 2 March 2017 19:26 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I like that it's not "Royals" redux, which would be the worst possible move. And I like it in and of itself.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 2 March 2017 19:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I don't care, I love it, I don't care

ridiculously dope soul (unregistered), Thursday, 2 March 2017 19:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

This is basically what I wish Jamie XX's music sounded like.

ornate orchestral arrangements (DJP), Thursday, 2 March 2017 19:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

This is a jam.

how's life, Thursday, 2 March 2017 19:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Interesting production. Melodically about as dull as it's possible to be

imago, Thursday, 2 March 2017 19:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink

like your opinions then

j/k :* :)

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 2 March 2017 20:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Also, perfect album title.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 2 March 2017 20:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I hope that this go-round I like more than half of the album.

ornate orchestral arrangements (DJP), Thursday, 2 March 2017 20:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

MeLorderama

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 2 March 2017 20:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

co-written by lena dunham's boyfriend

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 2 March 2017 20:23 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Really? I usually don't care too much for his stuff.

how's life, Thursday, 2 March 2017 20:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

it takes a special kind of performer to almost ruin the energy of a track like that

call all destroyer, Thursday, 2 March 2017 21:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I like this. Very catchy. She's a big fan of the processed hand-clap percussion though.

LimbsKing, Thursday, 2 March 2017 21:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

the housey piano is the best bit - ensuing chorus kinda ruins it

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 2 March 2017 21:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Phenomenal song. Disagree about her sucking the energy out of it; it's her droll/incensed/kinda bizarre vocal performance that sells it.

Evan R, Thursday, 2 March 2017 22:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Sounds like it could be a "Hello"-sized smash to me. It's gonna sound incredible hearing this at bar close and on pop radio megamixes all summer long

Evan R, Thursday, 2 March 2017 22:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Definitely has a lot of remix potential. It doesn't quite feel like the dance track I want it to be, but perhaps it's a grower.

Chantilly Bass, Thursday, 2 March 2017 22:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I'm not wild about the production but it feels like it's going to be big regardless.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 2 March 2017 22:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The chorus backing vocals make me think of Kate Bush, so I can't dislike this. Anyone else getting a Katy B vibe as far as direction?

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, 3 March 2017 00:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

This isn't bad. I had planned to hate her for all eternity after that Tears for Fears cover.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 3 March 2017 00:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Kate Bush is a good call - not in the way it sounds, but in the way she's maturing as an artist.

Not sure about this on first listen - there is so much going on - but think it may well grow on me.

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Friday, 3 March 2017 01:33 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i like the parts w/the house piano

example (crüt), Friday, 3 March 2017 01:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

aka the good parts

call all destroyer, Friday, 3 March 2017 02:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

on second listen it's a total earworm

Van Horn Street, Friday, 3 March 2017 04:02 (three weeks ago) Permalink

can't stand the video, that being said

Van Horn Street, Friday, 3 March 2017 04:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I like the pre-chorus/chorus, but not so keen on the verses, which feel kind of disconnected to me.

MarkoP, Friday, 3 March 2017 04:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Kate Bush is a good call

Visually as well.

It would/will be more obvious should she breaks out of 1st person relationship songs. As far as I know, Lorde's not an instrumentalist. I wonder what would be today's equivalent of a Fairlight to get in her hands?

Sanpaku, Friday, 3 March 2017 04:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The backing vocals on the chorus sound so much like Niki & The Dove.

kitchen person, Friday, 3 March 2017 04:24 (three weeks ago) Permalink

the last minute is the best part

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Friday, 3 March 2017 04:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Pretty good song. Dull lyrics but the delivery's convincing. Suspenseful verses building up to a big, booming chorus, the sound of something exciting happening RIGHT NOW.

Kate Bush comparisons seem criminal.

“Remember,” he says, “Noddy Holder is a gangster.” (contenderizer), Friday, 3 March 2017 05:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

predictable but decent I guess

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Friday, 3 March 2017 07:57 (three weeks ago) Permalink

'She thinks she loves the beach you're such a damn liar' ✓

I like this a lot, and think it's full of energy. She uses three or four different sounding vocals in this and I think it really works. Booming chorus.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 3 March 2017 10:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

'She thinks you* love the beach etc'

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 3 March 2017 10:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I want to like this but it just makes me want to listen to Miike Snow instead. Silvia specifically.

El Tomboto, Friday, 3 March 2017 11:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

the last minute is the best part

OTM, the detuned synth lead steals the whole song

El Tomboto, Friday, 3 March 2017 11:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

terrible single on first listen, no coherence between verse and bridge

her voice is not great on this, sounds like she's stretching for those low notes, no idea why they wouldn't just have transposed it, I'm certain she'll be far off key live (not bcz she's not a good singer but bcz the song is out of her register)

niels, Friday, 3 March 2017 12:23 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I like this.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 3 March 2017 12:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

literally can't believe you're all handing out these props to that My First Chord Sequence chorus

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Friday, 3 March 2017 12:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

are we really only demanding this of our pop

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Friday, 3 March 2017 12:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

(the synth line at the end is decent I guess)

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Friday, 3 March 2017 12:54 (three weeks ago) Permalink

shut up

ornate orchestral arrangements (DJP), Friday, 3 March 2017 14:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I love it when LJ starts talking about chord sequences and composition like he knows what he's talking about.

Matt DC, Friday, 3 March 2017 14:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

This does feel like it was written for the opening ceremony of a major sporting tournament in a city with no clear identity though.

Matt DC, Friday, 3 March 2017 14:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yeah, it doesn't seem very... lordey to me

feels like a belting singer would have served the material better

niels, Friday, 3 March 2017 14:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i don't dislike this but it sounds pretty generic for someone considered an Event Artist (the reasons for which are beyond me)

lex pretend, Friday, 3 March 2017 14:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink

feels like a belting singer would have served the material better

― niels, Friday, March 3, 2017 9:45 AM (twenty-six minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

my guy

call all destroyer, Friday, 3 March 2017 15:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

1st person relationship songs

aka 95% of pop music in 2017

Wimmels, Friday, 3 March 2017 15:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

also yeah, the sonic palette of this song is really cool & engaging and i'm sorry to be all aspie about the melody when a single chord-change would probably have me loving the song ;_; you may continue piling on

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Saturday, 4 March 2017 11:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

You could just say it's cloying? I mean I wouldn't necessarily disagree with that.

Matt DC, Saturday, 4 March 2017 11:26 (three weeks ago) Permalink

It's not the most offensive thing in a thread where people are comparing it to Kate Bush and Katy B. Niki & The Dove feels more on point or maybe one of Florence's more recent stadium bankers but not much more than that.

Matt DC, Saturday, 4 March 2017 11:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

For the record, I think I said I thought of Kate Bush due to a distant echo of "Big Sky," but the song doesn't really sound like Kate Bush at all. I agree it's a pretty lazy track, but not bad.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 4 March 2017 14:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

the pre-chorus melody being the same as the chorus melody

this is a good pop trick imo bc the character of the melody changes based on the arrangement behind it

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Saturday, 4 March 2017 14:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i'm with the people here who don't particularly dig the stately piano melodrama of the verses; rest of it is reasonably enjoyable

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Saturday, 4 March 2017 14:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

lmao i just woke up and was unconscious of using the word "melodrama" into that description

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Saturday, 4 March 2017 14:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I don't think this sounds anything like what's on American pop radio (that interlude about the shark's teeth!), but what do I know?

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 4 March 2017 15:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

idk the beginning makes me thing i'm gonna get "wrecking ball" or something. she subverts that considerably but at the cost of making the song feel uneven. still, pretty cool & fun

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Saturday, 4 March 2017 15:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Wrecking Ball is 1000 times better than this.

“Remember,” he says, “Noddy Holder is a gangster.” (contenderizer), Saturday, 4 March 2017 19:28 (three weeks ago) Permalink

My fondness for this song has waned. I still like all the flailing around she does in the video though.

how's life, Saturday, 4 March 2017 19:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Wrecking Ball is 1000 times better than this.

― “Remember,” he says, “Noddy Holder is a gangster.” (contenderizer), Saturday, March 4, 2017 12:28 PM (four minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

was a description not a value judgment

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Saturday, 4 March 2017 19:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

someone like carly rae jepsen or rihanna usually avoids being cloying in this manner despite also being Pop as anything. i wish i had the musicological chops to explain why

often when people find themselves thinking this sort of thing about music the answer is "I like Carly Rae Jepsen or Rihanna on a persona/meme/received-opinion level and do not like Lorde on that level"

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Saturday, 4 March 2017 19:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

just my opinion, but lorde sucks

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 4 March 2017 20:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

testing out some of these "i think ill post in the hip hop thread" ilx posting styles

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 4 March 2017 20:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

insane that she went 5 years without releasing a follow-up and everyone is still anticipating this lol.

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 4 March 2017 20:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

we are running out of melodies

― Sufjan Grafton, Friday, March 3, 2017 11:52 AM (yesterday)

Weren't modernist classical composers suggesting this 100 years ago?

timellison, Saturday, 4 March 2017 20:48 (three weeks ago) Permalink

why is this song stuck in my head ffs ffs ffs

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Sunday, 5 March 2017 00:44 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Lorde as an event artist is so bewildering to me, she had one racially-problematic hit a few years ago and what else

I wish all the Niki & The Dove comparisons would lead people to the amazing N&TD album from last year

boxedjoy, Sunday, 5 March 2017 01:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

why is this song stuck in my head ffs ffs ffs

― an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Saturday, March 4, 2017 7:44 PM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

deep down you really love this song

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 5 March 2017 02:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i dont even think royals is problematic tbh ... its good tbh. but the idea of her as like a serious artist we shd take v v seriously is seriously weird imo

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Sunday, 5 March 2017 04:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I think it's less what you (and I and etc) might think about taking her seriously and what others do.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 5 March 2017 04:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i think acting like lorde is a one hit wonder or rita ora-type is somewhat disingenuous. her debut album has sold over 5 million copies and is 3x platinum in the USA

also she was like...15 when her debut single was released iirc so i don't begrudge her taking a little time to grow up a bit and figure out what she wanted to do next

monotony, Sunday, 5 March 2017 04:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i dont even think royals is problematic tbh ... its good tbh. but the idea of her as like a serious artist we shd take v v seriously is seriously weird imo

― Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, March 4, 2017 11:01 PM (twenty-five minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i agree w/the sentiment behind this, but it's not really weird to me considering this is ILM

example (crüt), Sunday, 5 March 2017 04:33 (three weeks ago) Permalink

the reason this feels so uneventful (though competent), to me, is that lorde was among the early wave of "alt-pop" (for lack of a better term) artists achieving mainstream pop success, a wave followed by dozens. so now this sounds like it could be by anybody,

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Sunday, 5 March 2017 05:19 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i do also agree w that analysis

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Sunday, 5 March 2017 06:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

also she was like...15 when her debut single was released iirc so i don't begrudge her taking a little time to grow up a bit and figure out what she wanted to do next

― monotony, Saturday, March 4, 2017 10:21 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

teenage rappers dont get nearly this level of 'understanding' lol

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Sunday, 5 March 2017 06:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

She featured on that Disclosure track (co-wrote?) and worked on a few songs for the Hunger Games soundtrack in the 3 and a bit years since her LP. It's not like she's done nothing. Not many pop artists releasing every two years but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Looking forward to hearing the rest of her album.

mickcsmith (micarl), Sunday, 5 March 2017 08:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

the Hunger Games is more sonically adventurous despite not being about anything.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 5 March 2017 12:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Piano in-between bit is dope, idk about the rest though

nova, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 04:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

she recorded a song with Why? at my friend's studio a few years ago, but it has never seen the light of day, which is too bad because by his account it is fantastic

akm, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 21:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i think tuneyards mixed it.

akm, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 21:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

New track out:

Sounds a bit like a fun. track. I'm a fan of fun. but I don't know if I like this sorta torch-song thing on her. Also it's kinda unsubstantial for a single.

DJI, Thursday, 9 March 2017 19:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I am not quite getting the logic of sitting at the bottom of her range so much

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Thursday, 9 March 2017 19:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This song gets better as it goes along but is kind of boring

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Thursday, 9 March 2017 19:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah I got bored and started singing "All the Young Dudes" halfway through.

Chantilly Bass, Thursday, 9 March 2017 21:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I am not quite getting the logic of sitting at the bottom of her range so much
maybe they think it's her unique selling point, and Royals was prob around there too, but if I were Lorde I'd be dreading that SNL performance...

does it kinda sound like she's singing with a very pointy mouth? is it just a nz accent?

niels, Thursday, 9 March 2017 21:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

every other singer sounds like that -- Ellie Goulding, Alessia Cara, etc

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Thursday, 9 March 2017 21:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I've listened to it once and so here's my knee-jerk, ill-informed opinion: I really like the switch to the 90s-style house piano on the bridge because it's so unexpected (I was expecting that sort of minimalist, stately ballad thing she did on her first album). Always nice to hear something genuinely surprising in a song. That aside, the song is fine but it never quite lifts off; it's one of those songs where the build-up to the chorus is better than the chorus. I would not be happy enough if this song came on in the gym. Big praise indeed.

Girl with Curious Hair, Thursday, 9 March 2017 22:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I like Alessia Cara! she does sing too low but whatever

akm, Thursday, 9 March 2017 22:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Liability" just reminds me of another song using a Pachelbel Cannon-like melody. Pretty dull

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 01:10 (one week ago) Permalink

surprisingly the SNL performance made me like Green Light a fair bit more, the chorus percussion comes through much stronger in that performance. verse is still really weak though

ufo, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 01:22 (one week ago) Permalink

I sat with my excited 11-year-old (who's pretty musically sophisticated) at the kitchen table this morning and we ran both performances after each other on repeat until it was time for school. Both awesome.

attention vampire (MatthewK), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 02:03 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, I think she sold those songs surprisingly well on SNL.

DJI, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 03:48 (one week ago) Permalink

Agreed. If I had first heart them via the SNL performances I would have been sold from the get go. She gave them the boost of energy they needed.

Chantilly Bass, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 05:11 (one week ago) Permalink

I know about what you did and I wanna scream the truth
She thinks you love the beach, you're such a damn liar

not enough energy in the damn world

Not raving but drooling (contenderizer), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 06:47 (one week ago) Permalink

i am lorde yah yah yah lorde lorde lorde yah yeah

sleepingbag, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 06:49 (one week ago) Permalink

she handled that SNL performance very well

niels, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 08:21 (one week ago) Permalink

I missed the second song but I thought "Green Light" was great. Also makes me wonder why they picked the takes they used for the studio version when she sounded much more comfortable in her lower register live.

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 13:53 (one week ago) Permalink

It was a good SNL performance - I always had the idea she wasn't a good live performer, I was wrong - but it just makes it more clear how superior the 'house piano' section on the pre-chorus is to the rest of the song. I always forget the verses and the chorus annoys me a bit but for a brief moment in there it feels like the song is going to do something amazing.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Tuesday, 14 March 2017 22:59 (one week ago) Permalink


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