Best Albums of the 2010s – #14
Melodrama – Lorde (2017)
Both of Lorde’s albums came out this decade, with 2013’s Pure Heroine introducing the startling young talent to the world and 2017’s Melodrama proving that she was far from a one-album fluke.
I’m a big fan of both albums, but for my money Melodrama is definitely the stronger effort. It takes more risks both musically and lyrically, all of which pay off.
While we wait for the result of our final matchup, I’ll offer up another Montauk Madness regret. This is an artist who hadn’t even released her sophomore record when the contest started, and therefore wasn’t eligible according to my two-album rule.
But if I could tweak the space-time continuum a bit and put Lorde’s Melodrama in my earbuds prior to April, she would have awkwardly danced her way into the lineup.
I picked up Lorde’s sophomore album, Melodrama, a week or so back and I’m loving it. No slump here; this is an even more confident and cohesive work than Pure Heroine.
Working with fun. and Bleachers tunesmith Jack Antonoff, Lorde has put together an alt-pop soundscape that still showcases her signature angsty melodrama. Continue reading
Chloe, the older sister in Chloe x Halle (on the left here), has the “better” voice in a traditional R&B sense. She’s the little Beyoncé, after all.
But Halle’s voice has a lot of character, and a jazzy element that I actually prefer. She also seems to be the guitar player of the duo.
It’s that time of year when the promise of new music bursts forth like flower blossoms in spring. This week I’ll feature songs from five upcoming albums I’ll definitely buy.
It’s been four years since a 16-year-old Lorde became the youngest artist ever to score a #1 Billboard hit. Her album Pure Heroine was a smart and resonant collection, all the more impressive when you took her age into account.