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Melodrama

Lorde

Melodrama

Second album of indie electronic pop from New Zealand-born Ella Yelich-O'Connor produced by Jack Antonoff

ADM rating[?]

8.8

Label
Virgin EMI
UK Release date
16/06/2017
US Release date
16/06/2017
  1. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    It’s a brave, glorious pop album from a real-deal songwriter and accidental pop star – thankfully, not the other way around
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  2. 10.0 |   NME

    It’s a rudely excellent album, introspective without ever being indulgent, OTT in all the right ways, honest and brave, full of brilliant songs with lyrics to chew over for months
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  3. 10.0 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Extraordinary and authentic, something that takes you by the hand and assures you that you can survive and thrive in the same sea of emotion
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  4. 10.0 |   DIY

    It takes the downs as cleverly and emotionally as the ups
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  5. 10.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    NEW You can hear Lorde replacing the passion of a failed relationship with a renewed fervor for getting lost within the songs themselves, celebrating music’s uncanny ability to make her dance again as well as rescue her from despair
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  6. 9.0 |   The 405

    Feels like a volatile house party. There are moments of utter euphoria (‘Green Light’), passionate intimacy (‘Sober’), heartbreaking quietness (‘Liability’), reflection on excess (‘Perfect Places’), and beyond
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  7. 9.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    A bold and colorful magnum opus that marks an almost unbeatable personal milestone for Lorde
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  8. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Perhaps ‘Melodrama’’s biggest virtue is that despite the breakups and comedowns, the album never wallows
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  9. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    It's about growing up and growing out of love, where the excitement of a relationship fades and what's left can't sustain itself. This album explores this segment of adulthood in all its joy, despair, confusion and revelry. And it does it with stunning introspection and musical freshness
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  10. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Lorde is masterful at making music that digs within the deepest recesses of your heart and brings to the surface the feelings that you thought you'd forgotten about
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  11. 9.0 |   music OMH

    As an album it is unlikely to be bettered in 2017
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  12. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    An ambitious and uncompromising pop statement suffused with intensely personal artistry
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  13. 9.0 |   Slant Magazine

    With its tales of drunken meet-cutes and messy mornings after, Melodrama is an unexpected house-party record
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  14. 8.9 |   Gig Soup

    ‘Melodrama’ is essentially the telling of lovers at a party and the leaps and falls of relationships. It is a brilliantly well-crafted electro-acoustic, synth drenched exploration of the internal factory of emotion - a 21st century masterpiece
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  15. 8.8 |   Pitchfork

    A masterful study of being a young woman, a sleek and humid pop record full of grief and hedonism, crafted with the utmost care and wisdom
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  16. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Between rage, elation, and all of the mistakes in-between, Lorde is more self-aware than she's ever been
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  17. 8.5 |   AU Review

    Melodrama is a perfect example of what Lorde does best; she tells a story
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  18. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Lorde’s overreaches and missteps are just as charming as the incisive parts, so she must be an icon
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  19. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    You could tell the Auckland, New Zealand kid was in for the long haul, and, after a four-year wait, her second album, Melodrama, confirms that notion
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  20. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Save for the odd misfire, the follow-up to multi-million selling Pure Heroine intelligently twists mainstream pop with smart lyrics and raw, affecting vocals
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  21. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    The kind of pop we need in unsettling times
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  22. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Once your eardrums adapt to the galloping crescendos of tunes such as Supercut, however, the parameters shift. You begin to appreciate the subtleties on offer
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  23. 8.0 |   All Music

    The addition of genuine, giddy pleasure - evident on the neon pulse of "Homemade Dynamite" and "Supercut" - isn't merely a progression for Lorde, it's what gives the album multiple dimensions
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  24. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The idea that she's bound for such iconic greatness, coupled with intense poetry and music built on a solid bedrock of artistry and deep thought, makes this album one for now, but also for forever
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  25. 8.0 |   Crack

    The smartest pop record of the year so far
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  26. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Fuelled by a black humour that’s almost become her trademark, there’s heartbreak and ecstasy, desire, fear, uncertainty, acting on impulse, making mistakes and (maybe) learning from them. And those are tunes we can definitely dance to
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