Lorde: Global critics hail the second coming of our Kiwi Heroine
British and American critics believe Lorde' new album Melodrama is even better than Pure Heroine.
The Kiwi singer is proving second-album syndrome hasn't affected her ,with music reviewers from the world's leading newspapers and magazines raving over her latest effort.
Its score of 89 per cent on review aggregation site Metacritic places it in the Top 10 albums of the past three months, a list headed by the 50th anniversary edition of The Beatles' Sgt Pepper. The total is also 10 per cent ahead of what her debut album achieved in 2013.
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Writing for Britain's New Musical Express magazine, Dan Stubbs described Melodrama as "a rudely excellent album, introspective without ever being indulgent, OTT in all the right ways, honest and brave, full of brilliant songs with lyrics to chew over for months". It was a sentiment echoed by The Telegraph's Neil McCormick, who applauded the "palpable depth of feeling and meaning in her songs.. delivered with subtle dynamism and dizzying imagination". "She is a breath of fresh air with the power of a hurricane."
Across the Atlantic, The New York Times' John Pareles thought that while Lorde's songs of parties and untrue love risked her joining the pop pack, "she still has the immediacy of her voice, with its smokiness, melancholy and barely suppressed rage, and she refuses to let her lyrics resolve into standard pop postures". Rolling Stone's Will Hermes chimed in by saying that as a "pop song production display, it's a tour de force". "Lorde's writing and fantastically intimate vocals, ranging from her witchy, unprocessed low-register warbles to all sorts of digitized masks, make it matter."
Meanwhile, Slant magazine's Sal Cinquemani mused that regardless of whether "it's a party record disguised as a breakup album or a breakup album disguised as a party record, it's cathartic, dramatic, and everything else you could want an album titled Melodrama to be".