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It’s not like we needed any additional reasons to crown Ella as the queen of pop.  At just 20 years old, she’s stolen that crown from Ariana who stole it from Carle Rae who stole it from Taylor.  Well, that’s if you ask me.

But personal and irrelevant opinions aside about who owns pop (when it’s really the record companies and producers), Melodrama was – and is – a stone cold classic.  If you try and find a poorly constructed or unimaginative tune on it, you can’t.  It’s art-pop at it’s best, and it is everything that the industry should be striving for.

…And then there’s moments like this that go even further above and beyond what you’d expect.  Lorde must already be bored getting showered with accolades, because she has gone to work creating six incredible live re-imaginings of some of Melodrama‘s best songs: “Hard Feelings/Loveless” (see above), “Writer In The Dark”, “Sober”, “Supercut”, “Homemade Dynamite”, and “The Louvre.”  The above is one of my early favorites – there’s just something about the way she gets down to her own music that is both adorable and admirable.  You can tell she loves what she does.

In a brief interview with Vevo, Lorde states,

I don’t really do, like, acoustic sessions or anything, but with this record, it had roots in acoustic instruments and live musicianship.”

She also discusses working with Jack Antenoff (of Bleachers) and how the record centered around a search for the right piano.  Watch her brief foreword to the re-imaginings below:

 

You can listen to the other 5 live song versions here:

Now you know it’s really gunna blow…(pause)…”poooooooooow”

Is that Jack Antenoff sitting next to her on the piano?  Why yes, it is.

Those horns at the end…

This is passion.

But we’re the greatest, they’ll hang us in the louvre…down the back, but who cares, still the louvre.





SowingSeason
08.17.17
In love with her and this album.

TheMrAlexK
08.17.17
O H

S H I T

SowingSeason
08.17.17
In other news I bumped this album to a 5 today.

TheMrAlexK
08.17.17
Might have to do the same tbh

CalculatingInfinity
08.17.17
"But personal and irrelevant opinions aside about who owns pop, Melodrama was – and is – a stone cold classic. "

...come on.

Willie
08.17.17
She's cute, I'll give her that. Nice write-up.

SowingSeason
08.17.17
"Might have to do the same tbh"
I kept bouncing between a 4.5 and a 5 and eventually decided what the hell, pop is so rarely this good

"...come on."
You're more than welcome to disagree. I just think this is on a whole other level compared to the other mainstream pop out there.

"She's cute, I'll give her that. Nice write-up."
Thanks. And yeah her mannerisms are cuter to me than she is, not that she is unattractive or anything. She just seems like a fun person to be around.

Danred97
08.17.17
I just recently bumped Melodrama to a 4.5. I'm not sure if it's a 5, but if it keeps growing, it's not out of the question.

SowingSeason
08.18.17
the horns on Sober are just....gahhh. I think I like these versions even better than the originals

Hellscythe
08.20.17
only watched Supercut but why does it look like she's trying to copy Ian Curtis's stage movements

runaways
08.20.17
AOTY

SowingSeason
08.20.17
Incredible agreed. Had every chance of being my AOTY until Science Fiction.

NessieKV
09.01.17
The Hard Feelings/Loveless video is stellar. Her dancing is adorable, haircut and outfit are on point, I love it.

SowingSeason
09.01.17
Me too. She nailed everything about this album, down to her image in the associated videos. She clearly had an idea of what she wanted this all to look/sound like and got it exactly right.

SowingSeason
10.08.17
I need to acquire these in a downloadable format. I actually like them better than the album versions.

DoofusWainwright
10.08.17
Makings of a good comedy album ye

F this bitch and spin Kitty

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