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.
I forgot about Lorde.
Two years ago she was the biggest thing in music, wasn’t she? Her debut album was the hottest record out there and she epitomized the smart millennial mindset that scoffed at superficiality while grooving to Beyoncé and Drake.
She was cool, weird, talented and on her way to super stardom before she even turned 18.
Best Songs of 2014 – #15
‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ – Lorde
Lorde dominated the pop music conversation in 2013 but remained largely off the radar last year.
That is, until she took the reins of the latest Hunger Games soundtrack and reminded everybody how awesome she can be with its first single, ‘Yellow Flicker Beat.’
It’s been more than a year since Lorde released her celebrated debut album, Pure Heroine, but there’s no rest for a modern-day pop star, so naturally everybody is wondering what the hell she’s done for us lately.
Well, there’s no telling when her next album will be out, but for now we have this excellent offering from the soundtrack to the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.