August 19, 2021 at 10:36 pm #1204405902
Lorde’s music will never be fully a satire because she’s both “with them” and “against them”, just like in Royals. The charm comes from that ambiguity. I never know whether to take Mood Ring at face value and empathize (and cringe slightly) or see it as a satire (and laugh with her). That’s a plus for me.
Regarding the album, this is not even 60’s inspired. This is a 60’s album (by way of early 2000s). Like this is the type of album that would have been a classic in the 60’s. I love some parts and I’m indifferent to others, but I mostly appreciate the direction. The critiques here are way more subdued than Pure Heroine but I’m here for this duality I’ve talked about even if some parts don’t work by themselves. It’s a vibe album definitely.
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Really you guys must not have listened to the same album as me. It is indeed her least innovative and complex album, I don’t deny it. But this is a reflection of the position she finds herself now. We’re talking about a woman in love, happy and living in the best country in the world (covid free) so of course most people won’t relate to that, but saying it’s bad is something else. It’s very well written and cohesive – and the best, vocally.August 19, 2021 at 11:02 pm #1204405923
i’ve always loved Lorde but Solar Power is a little bit snoozefest to me, but the lyrics are great though. “The Path”, title track, “Stoned at the Nail Salon”, “Mood Ring”, and “Oceanic Feeling” are the highlights so farAugust 19, 2021 at 11:16 pm #1204405935
Well, she said that she made this album thinking of making an album that other musicians could relate to and not necessarily her fans…August 19, 2021 at 11:18 pm #1204405940
Not gonna comment on the album but I LOVE CaliforniaAugust 19, 2021 at 11:20 pm #1204405947
the lyrics are bad, though?August 19, 2021 at 11:45 pm #1204405955
It doesn’t have pop bangers, which is fine. But it also isn’t lush or pretty. While the vibe is too sarcastic and her vocals are too distant and consistently layered for this to feel intimate and personal. It’s not that odd or strange or “challenging” in an artistic sense. It frequently comes off like a parody of folk music, which is kinda cringe-y. It’s all cute though, but it’s also just there. It’s not worth going in on, but it doesn’t entice any impassioned feelings, good or bad. You hear it and just go like, “hmm, okay, well, that was that”. If you adore Lorde’s persona and voice I can you getting into this. Most of the rest will be adrift. It’s cute, chill out music. Nothing more. But ay, she made the album she wanted.August 20, 2021 at 12:26 am #1204405995
It doesn’t have pop bangers, which is fine. But it also isn’t lush or pretty. While the vibe is too sarcastic and her vocals are too distant and consistently layered for this to feel intimate and personal. It’s not that odd or strange or “challenging” in an artistic sense. It frequently comes off like a parody of folk music, which is kinda cringe-y. It’s all cute though, but it’s also just there. It’s not worth going in on, but it doesn’t entice any impassioned feelings, good or bad. You hear it and just go like, “hmm, okay, well, that was that”. If you adore Lorde’s persona and voice I can you getting into this. Most of the rest will be adrift. It’s cute, chill out music. Nothing more. But ay, she made the album she wanted.
you’ve managed to describe how i feel before i figured it out!August 20, 2021 at 12:41 am #1204406003
Tbh, Pitchfork’s score is mostly based on one artist’s previous works. Two albums of same score might have very different qualities.August 20, 2021 at 1:31 am #1204406056
ok but Dominoes. My favorite track in the album. It’s so gooooooooooooood.August 20, 2021 at 1:33 am #1204406060
I don’t know why but Dominoes is making cry. It takes me back to a place/time in my life that I thought was lost. I can’t describe the feeling. But it cuts deep.
Dominoes kinda reminds me of “man from the magazine” from Haim’s WIMPIIIAugust 20, 2021 at 1:37 am #1204406070
ok reading Dominoes’ lyrics I know why it cuts so deep. Man it destroyed me.August 20, 2021 at 4:41 am #1204406152
I didn’t care for Solar Power on my first listen. It just seems so painfully beneath her to me. The singles signaled my feelings on it. Maybe a couple of solid songs but that’s not enough.August 20, 2021 at 4:44 am #1204406154
It’s kinda funny seeing Lorde stans talking about how reviews don’t matter when many of them used Melodrama’s reviews to validate it. Based off the reviews and the few songs we’ve heard, it appears as if she spent too much of this past year listening to FTBC and Punisher. Lorde is still seen as a “pop star”. So, even if she’s doing something more odd and tuneless and stripped down and with unusual structuring, it still needs to maintain a “pop feel”. Otherwise, it’s gonna be critically divisive no matter what. I’m also not sure she’s an interesting and diverse enough vocalist to pull off that approach. But I’m gonna try to maintain an open mind.
Lorde fans are hypocrites. They can never use Melodrama’s reviews to defend its disappointing sales ever again.August 20, 2021 at 7:30 am #1204406278
Well I liked it. I’m not shocked at the reception it’s getting though, coming off a 4 year break following Melodrama… people were gonna be disappointed no matter what. This definitely benefits from repeated listens for me. The Path, California, Secrets from a Girl (Who’s Seen It All), Dominoes, Big Star and Leader of a New Regime are all really good in my opinion. It’s certainly less experimental than her other albums but that’s fine, not everything needs to be innovative or new.
I’m sure this album will have a Lover-esque redemption in the public eye where people realize it was never that bad.
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