DNA Magazine - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

Need the ideal break-up record for your­self or your bestie? This, from turn­ing21-this-month Lorde should do the trick. Opener Green Light il­lu­mi­nates how our Kiwi princess ditched her ex, then wrote about it, Tay­lor Swift-style. “It wasn’t un­til I went through heart­break… that I re­alised I have very se­ri­ous, vivid feel­ings I needed to get out,” she in­sists of her se­cond al­bum. Gor­geous pi­ano bal­lad Li­a­bil­ity also reveals Lorde is ei­ther gen­der-hop­ping or has writ­ten an openly les­bian love song. Sam­ple lyric: “I guess I’ll go home into the arms of the girl that I love / The only love I’ve haven’t screwed up.” The glib lyrics and sar­donic son­ics that made Roy­als such a break­out hit have been side­lined in favour of aloof hip­ster smug­ness. There’s a melan­choly sense of grow­ing up to this Melo­drama. Per­haps the third al­bum’s the charm?

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