Melo­drama (Vir­gin EMI)

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE -

At 20, New Zealander Lorde is al­ready a well-sea­soned pro and she’s not short of am­bi­tion: she re­cently de­clared she wanted to be the next Joni Mitchell. This aptly ti­tled se­cond al­bum is noth­ing like that: in­stead, it’s a full-on pop opus that mus­cles into Swift and Perry ter­ri­tory. But there’s enough of the out­sider-art demon­strated on her de­but to keep things in­ter­est­ing. It’s a mixed bag, but some songs truly de­liver, not least ‘Per­fect Places’.

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