Songs are tiny stories that achieve emotional stirs with few words. And young singer Lorde's songs are definitively full of emotion and melodrama.
"Lorde sounded spookily wisened in the blockbuster debut album she released when she was 16, standing outside the fray of pop life and looking in with a slightly scolding tone. But on “Melodrama,” the 20-year-old acts her age by jumping into the world of relationships and fully owning all the mixed feelings of breakups and makeup romances", says Chris Willman in Variety Magazine.
Relationships in the limelight are even harder than the rest, and Lorde knows this first hand. In the song Writer in the Dark, where she denominates herself as the Writer, she laments that she’ll love her ex forever, but will manage to move forward.
Break the news—you're walking out
To be a good man for someone else
Sorry I was never good like you
Stood on my chest and kept me down
Hated hearing my name on the lips of a crowd
Did my best to exist just for you
Her use of clever metaphors and allegories at such a young age has made her a venerating and intriguing media figure. “Green Light” is a good example of her use of word plays and it is about Lorde’s first major heartbreak. “The first chapter of the last two wild, fluorescent years” as she describes it.
But I hear sounds in my mind
Brand new sounds in my mind
But honey I'll be seein' you wherever I go
But honey I'll be seein' you down every road
I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it
She explained her writing process to Beat Magazine: "The song is really about those moments kind of immediately after your life changes and about all the silly little things that you gravitate towards. I say, “She thinks you love the beach, you’re such a liar”. What the fuck, she thinks you like the beach?! You don’t like the beach! It’s those little stupid things. It sounds so happy and then the lyrics are so intense obviously. And I realized I was like, “how come this thing is coming out so joyous sounding?” And I realized this is that drunk girl at the party dancing around crying about her ex-boyfriend who everyone thinks is a mess. That’s her tonight and tomorrow she starts to rebuild. And that’s the song for me."
The title of another song, “The Louvre,” references the iconic art museum in Paris, France; Lorde likens this happy period of her relationship with her ex-boyfriend to art, worthy of hanging in a museum, but now old.
I am your sweetheart psychopathic crush
Drink up your movements, still I can't get enough
I overthink your punctuation use
Not my fault, just a thing that my mind do
Lorde calls Melodrama “a record about being alone… The good parts and the bad parts”.
"There is some youthful, night time attitudes she is really chasing after and really trying to get into the songs", reflects Brooklyn artist Sam McKinniss who painted the album’s cover. He got hook when he heard some of the earlier demos and thought that the songs were really great and exciting and fresh.
Get this album now for a little infusion of colorful restlessness, excitement, and energy in your life.