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From Green to Blue: Lorde's Upcoming Melodrama

By Maria Carrasco | 20/3/17 1:27pm
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Solo-artist Lorde released her first single in over four years titled “Green Light” on March 2, and just a week later she released accompanying song “Liability” on March 9. When releasing “Liability,” Lorde tweeted that the song was “just a strange little sister of this album really.”

ps. not a single for those asking, just a strange little sister of this album really. but i love it ❤

— Lorde (@lorde) March 10, 2017

And within listening to these two songs, “Green Light” to “Liability,” listeners hear a strong, angry and passionate Lorde turn into a soft, insecure, quiet Lorde. And that transition is powerful.

“Green Light” starts off with Lorde’s sharp vocals, with a pointing “I do my makeup in somebody else's car,” a pause, and continues with “We order different drinks at the same bars.” And once the beat picks up, Lorde becomes meticulous, each lyric becoming sharper and sharper, making her voice more passionate by the second.

“Those great whites, they have big teeth / Oh, they bite you / Thought you said that you would always be in love / But you're not in love no more / Did it frighten you / How we kissed when we danced on the light up floor?”

And by that point, Lorde has listeners eating out of her hand. And once the beat drops you hear her roar. The passion in her voice turns into longing.

“I’m waiting for it / That green light / I want it.”

The song is executed perfectly, with the buildup for the chorus coming perfectly, the tempo deepening and Lorde’s vocal performance.

But that’s not the case with “Liability.” The song does a 180 in performance, tempo but somehow still keeps that raw emotion Lorde shared in “Green Light.”

The song begins with a soft-spoken Lorde singing with almost a lump in her throat.

“Baby really hurt me / Crying in the taxi / He don't wanna know me / Says he made the big mistake of dancing in my storm / Says it was poison.”

But the chorus of the song is where Lorde’s unfiltered sentiment comes out. She sings that she is a liability in her relationships and how people react negatively to that. Her voice continues to be soft and ethereal, but it’s remains forceful in showing her emotions.

“They say, "You're a little much for me / You're a liability / You're a little much for me" / So they pull back, make other plans / I understand, I'm a liability / Get you wild, make you leave / I'm a little much for / E-a-na-na-na, everyone.”

Lorde touches on a feeling that so many of us have felt, feeling unwanted, but she doesn’t make this feeling into a sob story, but more of a self-realization. That’s why she sings “I understand, I’m a liability.” But my favorite lyric has to come from the second verse of the song.

“The truth is I am a toy / That people enjoy / 'Til all of the tricks don't work anymore / And then they are bored of me.”

Again, she shows that this is a self-realization; she never condemns herself for being a liability or being too much. And I think it’s powerful to notice this, because maybe this song can be transformed into a form of self-acceptance. She ends the song by singing “You're all gonna watch me disappear into the sun.”

And it’s with these two songs that I’m excited for Lorde’s sophomore album Melodrama. Lorde is showing more of herself and her emotions, so my hopes are up for another great album. Melodrama will be released on June 16.