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Album art for “Melodrama”, set to be released this summer.

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Lorde – “Green Light” (2017)

Lorde is back, and she is following up on a four year wait with one of her most triumphant-sounding tracks yet – the bitterly scorned, irrefutably confident “Green Light.”  The track was unveiled yesterday alongside the announcement of her sophomore record Melodrama, set to be released this summer.  If the album is anything like the lead single, then we can expect a pretty stark change in Lorde’s approach.  Whereas the whole of Pure Heroine possessed a rhythmic, downbeat atmosphere, “Green Light” has an elated chorus while the music video shows her dancing and writhing around the streets and nightclubs of a major city.  It might not be the most well-advised comparison to make, but it actually reminds me a lot of Florence & The Machine’s “Shake It Out” (the video too), as darker themes bubbling under the surface are almost exorcised like some sort of ritualistic expulsion of all the demons that try to keep us weighed down in a pit of demise and self-loathing.  While “Green Light” may draw from embattled emotions,  it sounds as upbeat and inspiring as anything she’s written to date.  

The lyrical content revolves around an apparent breakup, featuring lines like “she thinks you love the beach, you’re such a damn liar” and “I wish I could get my things and just let go.”  The whole experience of “Green Light” feels like that moment after a relationship ends when it all comes together, and you regain your identity and reclaim your future.  I’ve been through it a couple times myself as have most people who are young adults [or older], and it’s an inexplicably joyous feeling when that weight is finally lifted from your shoulders and you can see everything for what it was; and what lies ahead for its ample opportunity instead of what will be missing.  For Lorde, as she shouts “I’m waiting for it, that green light, I want it!”, it feels like she’s on the brink of that revelation – having that freedom, or green light, just barely in sight as she runs full speed towards it.

Pop is a fickle genre.  There will never be a song that we can all agree on, and “Green Light” will most assuredly divide Lorde’s fanbase a little bit.  Those who loved the dark, smokey feel of Pure Heroin will likely take issue with this single digging its feet deep into mainstream pop soil.  It will be easy to point out that the track is kind of a mess, like pieces from a different puzzle being shoved together, but that may very well be an accurate reflection of Ella Yelich-O’Connor’s life at this moment.  Hopefully for as many people distance themselves from this, though,  she gains new followers – because she truly is a remarkable songwriter and “Green Light” demonstrates growth and expansion rather than an attempt to cash in on the sound that won her acclaim to begin with.  Sophomore albums are always a dangerous time for young artists, and there’s no telling what the final product Melodrama has in store.  However, if “Green Light” is any indication, then colour me excited for this new, euphoric brand of Lorde.

Track Score:    3.7 / 5





SowingSeason
03.04.17
Wrote this on a whim. Thought it was just OK yesterday, revisited today and I'm really liking it.

3waycrash
03.04.17
I don't know what it is, but I can't really get into her music (or others that go for this similar type of "pop). Nice to hear your thoughts on it though; great write-up.

hesperus
03.04.17
Nice write-up. I didn't think about the Florence comparison when I first heard the song, but it's appropriate.

Storm In A Teacup
03.04.17
3.7 is about right. I'd say 3.4

EphemeralEternity
03.04.17
the chorus is definitely the weakest aspect of it imo. 2.3/5

Arcade
03.04.17
gets worse every time i hear it

SowingSeason
03.04.17
This might actually be my 2nd favorite of hers behind 400 lux

klap
03.04.17
debut is spelled with an "e" at the end u junkie

JohnnyOnTheSpot
03.04.17
thought this was the crimewave track

Danred97
03.04.17
I liked Pure Heroin well enough. I'll check this later. Nice write up btw.

Hurricanslash
03.04.17
Yeaaaah, this is good stuff. I like it.

@Johnny: Didn't think you would know Crimewave. Huh.

wtferrothorn
03.04.17
This is growing in me pretty hard, I'm even starting to dig the chorus

I'M WAITING FOR IT
THAT GREEN LIGHT
I WANT IT

JohnnyOnTheSpot
03.05.17
@hurricanslash - well crimewave blows but yeah

SowingSeason
03.05.17
I'm starting to think this might be my favorite Lorde song. Could just be the novelty and freshness of it though.

klap
03.05.17
Pure Heroine*

FourthReich
03.05.17
I say let it sit before you call it her best..it's certainly a great track though. Im hoping this isnt THE standout track, i think she's capable of more

SowingSeason
03.05.17
Heh, thanks klap. I must have missed your first comment (which means I'm secretly a junkie trying to subliminally reach out for help).

And I absolutely agree Fourth. I don't think this necessarily IS her best, just starting to like it better than most of her debut. If this ends up being the best song on Melodrama I'll inevitably be disappointed because that's what happens when an artist leads with the best track. Hopefully this embodies her upcoming work but leaves room for at least a few other knock out tracks.

Spluger
03.05.17
Wish these track review write ups happened more often. Nice review Sowing.

SowingSeason
03.05.17
Thanks Spluger that means a lot. I write these from time to time in place of a literal "track of the day" which proved to be unfeasible to keep up with. I decided to link up all the other ones I've written at the top of the blog just to keep all the pieces unified for this feature.

Hurricanslash
03.05.17
@Johnny: Oh well, just saw your rating on him. Huh. I've been a fan of his since his first releases on his Tumblr a few years back. Welp, opinions~~~~

monalisadutta
03.06.17
The gifts are also given with a purpose which thrills the entire surrounding and simply make the people happy. The gifts are stuffed with the products like combo gifts, jewellery sets, cakes, cards, cosmetics sets, flowers etc which gives an extra glam on the faces of the sender and simultaneously the same thing happens with the receiver. The gifts are sent from the foreign countries to India and are equally distributed in every state. Pune is a state where these gifts are sent in ample quantities and so, people Send Gifts to Pune.

RadicalEd
03.07.17
Didn't really like this at first listen, but I softened on it a bit. Chorus is pretty swell. She already said in an interview that this track is "as dancepop as it get's" so I wouldn't count on the whole album being like this.

Great writeup tho.

Song is 3.5/5 for me.

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