How does Lorde's new album Melodrama, follow up to her wildly successful debut, Pure Heroine?

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Answered by: Michael James, An Expert in the New Album Releases Category
It has been 4 years since esteemed pop-artist, Lorde, released her debut album, Pure Heroine, and for fans, who have had nothing more than those 10 tracks and a few gems from "The Love Club EP" (not to mention various collaborations and soundtrack contributions) to quench their thirst for more, the arrival of her follow-up, the new album Melodrama, is long overdue. Now the question on everyone's lips as we don our favorite ear-buds to give the record a listen. How does this album serve as a follow-up to the beautifully sculpted portrait of dark, teenage hierarchy that was her debut? The answer lies in the carefully written lyrics of songs like "Green Light" and "The Louvre" which tell a story of Lorde's past relationship, as well as others such as "Homemade Dynamite" and "Liability" which share the explosive ups and downs of her young celebrity life.

"Green Light," the first single released from the project, stands as an apt introduction to the rest of the album. The verses offer a somber melancholy of sorts as they tell a tale of bittersweet interactions with her ex-lover, while a more hopeful sounding bridge and chorus express a desire to move on from him. The song is a portrait of both the end of Lorde's relationship, and the beginning of her new adult life. The rest of the album beautifully blends, and bounces between, themes of toxic love and heartbreak, as well as toxic drugs and her new young fame. In the second song, "Sober," Lorde does this splendidly as she speaks on the surface about the ways her and ex-boyfriend, James Lowe, would evade the problems of their relationship via a drug or alcohol induced mask that let them party it up and pretend nothing was a wrong. The haunting truth echoes repeatedly in a question the artist asks throughout the track: "But what will we do when we're sober?" Subsequently, this could also be a broader, generational statement, about the general designer drug and party culture that has made quite the revival as of late. She addresses the drawback of such a lifestyle, and such a relationship, a few track later in the songs second part "Sober II (Melodrama). The first verse of the track states, "Know you won't remember in the morning when/I speak my mind/Lights are one and they've gone home, but who am I?" It is clear that the party is over, everyone has gone home, but Lorde is barely recognizable to herself, and now forced to deal with the realities of life and her failing relationship. Despite the bitter, Lorde still fights for the sweetness of the life she leads, however, as displayed in the 6th track of the record, the double edged "Hard Feelings/Loveless. In this divided song, Lorde acknowledges the "hard feelings of love" and see's them as an unavoidable part of the entire "love" experience, before leading into "Loveless" with a noble defense of the young generation and their seemingly 'loveless" party lifestyle.

In conclusion, Lorde's new album Melodrama provides a perfect continuation of Pure Heroine, and Lorde has grown beautifully with her music from, High School Melodrama Queen, to Pure musical celebrity Heroine.

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