Lorde’s New Album is a Sober Reflection on Fame and Success

first_imgLorde’s New Album is a Sober Reflection on Fame and Success Close Editors’ Recommendations We get the sense, as the album progresses, that Lorde is—as one might predict—living in the world she described being on the outside of in “Royals.” With boozing as a sustained metaphor for excess and false grandeur, it’s perhaps no surprise that this album features two songs with “sober” in the title. “Sober,” ostensibly a party anthem, asks the listener, repeatedly, what we’ll do when we’re sober. In “Sober II (Melodrama),” she reflects, “how fast the evening passes/cleaning up the champagne glasses.”Lorde’s still on the outside in her new world, but not because she doesn’t belong—because it’s transient, and when it fades away, she isn’t sure whether it’s real or worthwhile. It’s an unapologetically melodramatic sentiment, shaping an album that feels true to its title.Melodrama is out new through Universal Music is available on Amazon, iTunes, and Lorde’s online store. Tips for How to Make Your Own Rotisserie Chicken at Home Lorde’s 2013 debut album, Pure Heroine, launched the then 16-year-old New Zealander into the stratosphere of “Royals.” The famously spare single echoed across airwaves for much of the following year. Almost four years later, Lorde has returned with Melodrama. The album comes loaded with the question posed by the massive success of Pure Heroine: would the young Kiwi come to embrace the world of “gold teeth, Grey Goose, trippin’ in the bathroom” that she castigated in the song that made her a star?Melodrama is a different animal than the haunting Pure Heroine, which was built around pared-down production and Lorde’s thrillingly unique—dreamy, but still muscular—voice. The new album keeps her voice front and center, but this time the production is built around R&B grooves and danceable pop beats.Post-breakup anthem “Green Light” captures the building emotion of seeing an ex you’re not quite over through building, exuberant harmonies that escalate to the high end Lorde’s vocal range. But the song also allows the cello-like melancholy low end of her voice to become its own instrument in the quieter verses. The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Is Falconer the Coolest Drinks Industry Profession Out There? last_img read more

POLAND 2016 Spain beat Germany – Sweden crush Slovenia

Poland 2016 ← Previous Story POLAND 2016: Denmark and Hungary with “no stress” in Gdansk Next Story → VIDEO: Maqueda knocks out Weinhold Spain and Sweden won the first points in one of two “Groups of Death” at Men’s EHF EURO 2016. Wroclaw has seen two great matches in which Manolo Cadenas and Staffan Olsson together with Ola Lindgren beat two great coaches, Dagur Sigurdsson and Veselin Vujović. Spain outplayed Germany 32:29 (18:15). With stabil Arpad Šterbik (13 saves) between the posts, Spaniards had a good base to build domination in the opening match in Group C.Valero Rivera (7) and Victor Tomas (6) were in the good running and shooting mood while Cristian Dissinger netted six for the Germans, who lost the ground after 28:26 in 51st minute…STATISTICSSweden beat Slovenia 23:21 (16:9) with the last goal by Frederik Petersen who took the advantage of Slovenian pressing in the last 15 seconds of the match. Slovenians began badly, but managed to come back after 18:10 on 20:20 when Dean Bombač put Balkan fans on their feet. However, lack of shooting material in back-line forced Slovenians to manage a lot of technical mistakes in fight with strong Swedish defensive line led by Tobbias Karlsson.This was decisive in the last few minutes of the match. Miha Zarabec had a chance to level result in the last minute, but his weak shot ended on the arm of Mattias Andersson.STATISTICSPHOTO: SLAVKO KOLAR read more