PURE Heroine marked Kiwi teenager Ella Yelich-O’Connor, aka Lorde, as a pop star of immense potential. Second album Melodrama confirms it. Bolder and more sonically-expansive, Melodrama moves beyond the minimalist trip-hop of Royals.
It’s a break-up album, interspersed with a young woman’s subsequent pitfalls with parties, emotion-less hook-ups and fame. The majority of the highlights like Green Light, Homemade Dynamite and The Louvre are driven by synths and electronic beats and Lorde’s anthemic melodies. However, her most startling moment is the piano ballad Liability where Lorde opens up about fame and her intensity driving love away.
Melodrama will only fuel Lorde’s superstardom.