Lifted Licks: Lorde's Melodrama
Eventually, we will move on to brand new music in this column, but it's Thursday again, and so here's another recommendation of an album that sounds great to listen to with a little bit of bud.
Lorde, the New Zealand lady who captured the world with her debut album Pure Heroine back in 2013, returned in 2017 to deliver this set of 12 songs, and she hits it out of the park with a slightly more mature point of view. Pure Heroine was all about living that teenage life, and looking up at the drama of the adult world, but Melodrama, as you might guess from the title, is right there in the middle of the battle, looking around at partygoers trying to make their way in the world and/or realize just how lost they are.
We'll put it this way: There are some bangers on this album. The album was produced in part by hotshot Jack Antonoff, and the hooks on Green Light, Homemade Dynamite, and Supercut will get in your head and stay there. With an excellent sativa, you might even find yourself getting up and dancing, even while Lorde's thoughtful voice and lyrics might be seeing about something less than jubiliation.
But the real surprise here isn't that there are some catchy-ass hooks, but that things get vulnerable as well. Liability has Lourde talking about distancing herself from friends, and takes a tone both pitiful and completely identifiable by anyone who's been overwhelmed by social circles. Writer in the Dark is also pretty somber, and while Lorde is almost too self-aware at times ("Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark", she says toward a partner), she's charismatically so.
Even if you don't vibe with a 21-year-old talking like she's seen and done everything (and we wouldn't blame you), you can still feel her pain, and it's not long before she's back to singing a catchy hit. Melodrama isn't quite as layered or as complex as some of the tunes we've covered her, but it's definitely worth a listen. It's your Lifted Licks pick for this week. Enjoy!