Melodrama

by Lorde

Released June 16, 2017 via Lava Records / Republic Records / Universal

Reviewed June 15, 2022

Top tracks (based on community voting)
Perfect Places (44%), Supercut (43%), Liability (43%)

One can argue art, and particularly pop music, is nothing without a bit of melodrama. Lorde’s arrival as a foreshadowing icon for the Gen-Z pop movement was a huge first step, and Pure Heroine cemented early as being culturally consequential. In her return, Lorde managed to deliver her mark on pop’s artistic side similarly to that of her influence on its mainstream front. Compared to her debut, Melodrama is an even more synth-driven experience, often racing up to high tempos, as Lorde constantly grounds the listener under the weight of her lyrics. Each track finds a uniquely catchy melody, with the series of songs set to chronicle an album-wide reflection of a severely dark romance. Pop music’s natural embrace with melodrama makes Lorde’s sophomore album an ode to the genre, as well as her experiences coming of age. – DeVán (8/10)


Hadley: 9/10 | Pablo: 9/10 | Daniel: 8.7/10 | Dominick: 8.5/10 | DeVán: 8/10

Pax: 8/10 | Cam: 7.8/10 | Jared: 7.5/10 | Victoria: 7.5/10

 
Community Reviews:

Driven by the bolstered pairing of Lorde’s unique voice and songwriting ability, plus Jack Antonoff’s creative production techniques, Melodrama is a pop album that completely bends the norm, changing and challenging almost everything we thought we knew about the genre beforehand. – @kidsseecudi (9.9/10)


As the title says, it is a rollercoaster of emotions. It makes one feel sad, excited, happy, understood, angry, etc. That's why I think it is one of the best albums of all time, because it is a complete and emotional experience. – u/IG-11_nurse_droid_ (9.5/10)