REVIEW: LORDE – ‘MELODRAMA’ 81

When she first appeared on the scene back in 2013 and made waves with her track “Royals”, Lorde came across as rather quiet and subdued. On Melodrama, her second album, it would appear she’s undergone a complete personality change and been replaced by someone who could quite easily be the life and soul of any party.

Gone are the days and the songs of semi-self wallowing and instead, in their place, she’s created a collection that charts her way into true adulthood, which makes sense she’s now 20. Beginning with “Green Light”, complete with its unusual key change and a beat that’s almost as jerky and flexible as someone doing the Gangnam Style dance, things get off to a fantastic start and, with festival season well and truly underway, the song is a perfect piece to lose yourself in as you stand, sway, or hell, even get drunk in a massive crowd of people somewhere – anywhere – in the world.

“Sober” is a strong follow-up, although asking a partner/lover what happens when the buzz fades then making listeners wait several songs for the answer, which appears on “Sober II (Melodrama)” might put some (though I doubt not many) fans off. “The Louvre”, co-written, as is almost every track on the album, with Jack Antonoff, is a particular highlight, focused around a brief romance that’s destined not to go anywhere. Opening with just Lorde’s voice and a guitar rhythm, some listeners might be forgiven for thinking the track is somewhat lacklustre, however, as it progresses, it builds into a swirling storm of electro-pop almost certain to find itself put on repeat.

Asking herself if she’s too complicated/messed up a person to find love, there’s an almost uncomfortable relatability to “Liability” that makes the song almost heart-wrenching to listen to more than a couple of times in one go. It’s not that often that Lorde tests her vocal range, but she does just that on the six-plus minute piece that is “Hard Feelings/Loveless”, while “Writer In The Dark” is about writing songs about an ex – but don’t worry, it’s not written a la Taylor Swift, so you (and I) can breathe a sigh of relief.

There’s a dance beat to “Supercut” that had this reviewer blaring it while getting ready for an afternoon party at my sister’s house so it’s perfect for playing on a drive with your friends or getting glammed up for a night out with the girls. If there’s any low point on the album it comes via “Liability (Reprise)” which clocks in at just over two minutes and slows things right down to the point where it risks putting listeners to sleep – only Lorde’s vocal, packed with emotion and what comes across as sentimentality, makes it worthy of playing right through. Closing number “Perfect Places” ups the tempo again – at least for the most part – so it might come as a surprise to some to hear the rhythm slow and a piano close out the song.

There’s an edginess to Lorde’s song-writing that sets her apart, and while her first album did a fairly good job of showcasing what she’s capable of, on Melodrama, almost every track – and every word – vibrates with power and passion: it’s as if this young woman has finally, and well and truly, found her voice and now she’s sharing such more proudly than ever with the world.

 

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RAG N BONE MAN CONFIRMED FOR 2018 BRIT AWARDS 13

We are so pleased to announce the 2017 winner of the BRITs Critics’ Choice and British Breakthrough awards Rag’n’Bone Man will be performing live at this year’s award ceremony on 21 February. He will join an already exceptional line-up which so far includes Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Sam Smith and Stormzy.

In the last year, Rag’n’Bone Man has broken the record for fastest-selling UK male debut of the decade with his 3x Platinum No. 1 album  ‘Human’ which has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide.

Rag’n’Bone Man said: “Jheez! 2017 has flown by super quick. Its pretty mental to think that I bagged two awards at The BRITs last year and now I’m heading back to perform. I’m looking forward to being a part of the celebration with everyone. It’s going to be a good one for sure!”

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Rory epitomises how dreams can come true. He has had the most amazing 12 months and I’m so delighted to see him back where it all started.”

The 38th BRIT Awards will be hosted by Jack Whitehall at The O2, London and broadcast live on ITV. We can’t wait for Rag’n’Bone Man to bring his talent to the stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and includes live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.

FOO FIGHTERS CONFIRMED FOR BRIT AWARDS 2018 25

We are so delighted to announce that four-time BRIT winners and one of the world’s most successful bands Foo Fighters will perform on The BRITs stage for the first time on 21 February.

The international superstars will deliver one of their legendary live performances alongside performances from Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Stormzy and Dua Lipa.

Foo Fighters have sold more than 25 million records and sold out countless world tours. The band’s acclaimed ninth studio album ‘Concrete and Gold’ was their fourth to hit No.1 in the UK charts on release in September, topping the charts in more than a dozen countries.

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Anyone who was lucky enough to witness one of their shows on the recent sold out UK tour, or their set at Glastonbury – which was undoubtedly one of the best performances the festival has ever seen and a night that will be talked about forever – will know why Foo Fighters are the biggest and most exciting rock band in the world. Quite remarkably they have never performed at The BRITs, so I am over the moon to confirm a massive BRITs exclusive to have them grace our stage.”

With four BRIT Awards under their belt winning International Album in 2008 and International Group in 2008, 2012 and 2015 we can’t wait for Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee to bring the incredible Foo Fighters energy to The BRITs stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and include live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.