New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde recently released her sophomore effort Melodrama and it was an instant catch. Fearing that a follow-up to 2013's Pure Heroine wouldn't be as strong, fans were surprised by how connected and in tune with herself she is. Her styling evolved from mostly indie electronic with plenty of atmosphere to go around to a mature young adult who experienced heartache and soul searching by the tender age of 20. The album kicked off with "Green Light," a song of not being able to let go of a love followed by the promotional piano ballad "Liability" which was a different approach for the songwriter. Still brilliantly strange and glittery, Melodrama didn't disappoint upon release as it landed the songstress her first No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Here are the top 5 best Lorde songs from Melodrama.
5. "Perfect Places"
A song special to Lorde's heart, "Perfect Places" closes the 11-track set being written in the summer of 2016 while she lived in New York. Everyone around her that she knew was searching for something, someplace higher, finding superficiality instead. The track began as a mere piano demo and evolved into a pop perfection quasi anthem reminiscent of previous hit "Team." "Places" also serves as the official second single from the album which impacted modern rock on June 6, 2017.
4. "Writer in the Dark"
"Writer in the Dark" just may be one of the most vulnerable songs Lorde has ever presented. Led by a piano, Lorde tenderly sings about a break-up that was difficult for her to let go. Dating a writer, it was inevitable that she would put her feelings onto record while locking them in her heart. "I am my mother's child/ I love you till my breathing stops/ I love you till you call the cops on me/ But in my darkest hours/ I stumble on a secret power/ I find a way to be without you, babe," she painfully warbles.
3. "Homemade Dynamite"
A sly number in the first quarter of the album, "Homemade Dynamite" finds Lorde and her friends partying. Instead of risking danger on the roads, she and her pals are safe letting loose while her voice cleverly quivers throughout the song full of whispers about "blowing s**t up," metaphorically of course.
2. "Hard Feelings/Loveless"
The double track "Hard Feelings/Loveless" continues Lorde's atmospheric indie sound with quirky blips and bleeps largely found on Pure Heroine. The industrial-lite track describes a love that is just about to end while soaking up those last moments together. The love is "a ghost" and the feelings are difficult to process. The track builds through its choruses until a euphoric breakdown captures the essence of the goodbye song.
"Supercut" is another pop gem found close to the end of the album. With its upbeat tempo and riveting beats, it's clear that Lorde was channeling Swedish europop sensation Robyn, one of her inspirations while writing her newest record. Lorde is at this point looking back at all her experiences through the love lost and when she's longing for it, she's left with all the memories playing over and over. "Supercut" would suit mainstream pop radio quite well with its dance sensibility.
Listen to the top 5 best Lorde songs from Melodrama in an open Spotify playlist below: