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Melodrama is the second studio album by New Zealand singer Lorde, released through Universal, Lava and Republic Records on 16 June 2017. A departure from the minimalist style of Lorde's debut album Pure Heroine (2013), it is a pop and electropop album incorporating piano instrumentation and maximalist electronic beats. It was produced by Lorde, Jack Antonoff and several high-profile producers including Frank Dukes, Flume, Malay, S1 and Joel Little. The album, which was recorded after Lorde's relationship with her long-time boyfriend James Lowe broke down in 2015, has been described as a loose concept album that explores the theme of solitude. It follows the framework of a single house party, and the events and moods that ensue. During her writing sessions, Lorde flew between the United States and New Zealand several times, examining the world around her, and continued working through “false starts, fruitless detours and stretches of inactivity” as she retreated from the public spotlight. To promote Melodrama, “Green Light” was released as its lead single to commercial success, followed by “Perfect Places” and a remix of “Homemade Dynamite”. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 109,000 album-equivalent units, and topped the charts in three other markets. It was eventually certified silver in the United Kingdom, as well as gold in Australia, Canada and the United States, and platinum in New Zealand. Melodrama received widespread acclaim from critics, many of whom commended its songwriting, production and Lorde's vocal delivery. It was named the best album of the year by several publications and received a Grammy Award nomination for Album of the Year at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
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The first part of the medley song “Hard Feelings/Loveless” uses a distorted synthesizer and elements of industrial, noise and electronica genres. Antonoff said one of his proudest moments while producing the album was the placing of a “synth at the end [of the song] that sounds like metal bending”. The first two lines of “Loveless”—“What is this tape? / This is my favorite tape”—were sampled from a documentary about Paul Simon's album Graceland Lorde watched. The drum solo used as the transition instrument linking “Hard Feelings” to “Loveless” was sampled from Phil Collins' 1981 song “In the Air Tonight”. Lorde stated this was one of the earliest tracks on the record. She often listened to the soft rock music of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac and Paul Simon while riding the subways in New York City and taking cab rides home from parties in Auckland. Lorde and Antonoff both compared the song to Don Henley's “The Heart of the Matter” (1989), with the latter also likening its message to Henley's song as both tracks “grapple with news that a past lover has met someone new, then laments other bygone relationships”. The following track, “Sober II (Melodrama)”, a continuation of “Sober”, details the emotions and sense of loneliness after a party is over. The song was originally titled “Sober (Interlude)” before its release. Comparing Lorde with Kate Bush, Claire Schafer of Newsweek said “[t]he heartwrenching chorus of 'Writer in the Dark' [...] is uncannily similar to Bush’s high register and otherworldly excess of feeling”, and that Melodrama “marks a new dimension to Lorde’s voice, where every little breath and enunciation carries enormous meaning”. Lorde woke up in the middle of the night and wrote down the main theme of the song, feeling naughty and empowered while doing so. To her, it was a “cool, painful moment” on the record. Lorde said “Supercut” is the only song on the album in which she speaks to someone, describing the thought process as the Eleventh Hour. Most of the song was constructed using drums, whereas “blanks” were later “filled” with piano sequences. She considered turning “Liability (Reprise)” into an a cappella track before deciding to “be sensible” and adding a backing beat. “Perfect Places” was inspired after the deaths of David Bowie and Prince occurred, two musicians Lorde states were the most influential while recording Melodrama.
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