Lorde’s dizzying melodic productions leave you in a land of paradise and a sense of heart-ache
Any lead single has the enormous task of presenting an album.. a body of work to endeavour success in this particular case, and a body of work to go against the previous attempt ‘Pure Heroin’: setting it-self apart from that assuring it’s position, hopefully appealing to the masses.
Green Light is the type of song that makes you want to dance, yes that term is used loosely however it’s down to the 90’s–esque dance beat break that ensures your foot is firmly stomping during the segment of the track. The production to this song is full of life, colourful, fresh; “I hear brand new sounds in my mind” Yes, Lorde we hear that too with your eloquent voice finding it’s way through to the ear drum.
Lorde is passionate in this song and rightly so, it’s a powerful anthem of surviving a relationship that isn’t good for you. Telling the story of a bad romance, ultimately wanting to desperately leave as soon as she gets that green light, however knowing she’ll always remember this person for the rest of her life. Overall; production values are great, lyrics are stunning and powerful her progression throughout the song is remarkable just like she is.
“But what will be do when we’re sober” Lorde ask’s inquisitively. This track is a heartache written with curiosity as to how a night out with a mysterious figure she speaks of will pan out. With a pulsating beat, driven by a generous amount of saxophone and synths, ‘Sober’ will leave you in a trance; feeling each and every moment with Lorde herself.
“Playing it nonchalant” exactly the kind of tone Lorde expresses within this track, not exactly a bad thing as the production carries the theme perfectly along with it’s lyrics, her tone is fitting just like the perfect tailored suit. I think this is a pivotal track on the album, a video could easily see Lorde project her visual creativity with ease.
Ever had thoughts about a perfect human being who you could spend endless nights with, causing chaos through the streets; with laughter, joy and happiness. Ultimately ending up with romantic feelings? That’s exactly the portrayal of this song, Lorde light-breathed, angel like vocals trance into a vision ecstasy ensuring your mind dreams up such image; production is light pop, easy on the ear which is required as the meaning of the song is also quite light..
“Our rules, our dreams, we’re blind.. blowing shit up with homemade dynamite” Lorde vocalises as if she’s dreaming at the microphone upon recording such audio. You get the sense of a sheer longing for such relations, heartfelt, brilliant vocal and seamless production values is what makes this song on the record simple, effective and just so LORDE.
“I am your sweetheart, psychopathic crush” Self-confesses Lorde early on, revealing vulnerability, insecurities play out yet the theme of the song gradually blossoms in to a song about broadcasting love.
“Blow all my friendships to sit in hell with you, but we’re the greatest. They’ll hang us in the Louvre, down the back, but who cares – still the Louvre”
Prosperity filled lyrics with a heartfelt sense of togetherness is absolutely visible in this song. Lorde’s not frightened of the heights she can reach in this relationship she speaks of, referencing The Louvre locks in the enormity of love, showcasing her feelings about it transparently.
Here she offers the bare bones of a song, nothing to hide behind, as she sings lyrics that are wryly self-aware with the tone of a person who’s too tired to fight anymore: “I understand – I’m a liability/Get too wild, make you leave/I’m a little much for everyone.”
Backing her venerability is a beautiful piano; showcasing the close tones from her voice, you can truly understand her hurt, the pain she’s suffered not only through this song in particular but you get an understanding of the aching darkness that runs throughout the record, she’s perfectly imperfect on this track, she’s Lorde.
Continuing with the theme of headache Lorde’s delving into depths of feelings on this track.. “Hard feelings, these are what they call hard feelings of love” she heavily projects.
“God, I wish I believed you when you told me this was my home” she utters with emotion, vulnerable words again rip the audio from the vocal with this song. She’s getting across how she’s felt during a break up with sonics too, a harsh screeching sound impacts the ear drum encapsulating the essence of hurt, at least that’s what I get from it.
Aside from the heart-felt passion Lorde transitions into a revengeful theme with ‘Loveless’ a candy-pop tuned vocal distributes “Loveless Generation” seamlessly towards our ears, perfectly, elegantly full of fight. A twist on the record that’s welcomed.
Melodrama – ‘A sensational dramatic piece with exaggerated characters and exciting events intended to appeal to the emotions’ This song absolutely hits the core of Lodes ever-dwindling feelings of love; her upset and hurt continues to manifest in this song, her luxurious tone sets the song up for a brilliant masterpiece. Despite everything Lorde has gone through with the turbulent relationship she really does just crave that green light.
Self destruction is the apparent theme in this song as Lorde exhales a breath of sadness in her inner self.. she takes a moment in the song to say “I bet you rue (regret) the day you met a writer in the dark” full of regret, hurt, fear.. emotions Lorde conveys across the audible platform accompanied by a protective production, ensuring Lorde’s tone is visible throughout. Wonderfully chaotic, beautifully dark.
Light, fresh and full of pop goodness.. Lorde takes a new direction sonically. After the dwindling effects of despair, she takes on new heights almost a rebirth after being completely torn apart all for the sake of Love.
A Robyn-esque chorus shouts proud “It’s just a super cut of us” with an effective kick drum taking the chorus to a new depth.. she repeats with joy in her voice, the tone high.. the mood lightened. “We were florescent, come home too my heart” It’s almost a sense of relief hearing this track, you’re starting to feel some form of hope is existing in the future for Lorde. Brilliant.
Perfect end to a record, the ultimate F you to all of the tracks above; a sense of exhale a rush of excitement to get wasted, send herself to that ‘Pefect Place’ she speaks of. This is Lorde’s attempt to discover those places of perfection “What the fuck are those perfect places anyway” she cries out, such a passionate song yet light and fluffy in the production values. Melodrama is a sensational thing, Her engagement and experience with looniness completely took it’s toll in this body of work.. it’s great to see her finally start to forget about her woes.
Throughout this entire record your feelings for Lorde grown stronger, the levels of empathy insist on growing, it’s also impossible to feel for her. She’s managed to capture the raw adolescent of teendom in this record; she chronicles her experiences in these insightful odes to self-discovery that find her battling with loneliness.
If I had to rate this album It would be a strong 9. Thank you Lorde.