“Melodrama” really is a fitting name for Lorde’s new album. Lorde performs every song with a hauntingly, magnificent timbre. She sings about the struggles of lost-love, isolation and low self-esteem. Yet, not one of her songs is meant to bring the listener down, rather, Lorde expresses the idea of learning from our struggles in order to heal and grow as a human being.
According to Lorde “Green Light,” is about a girl going through a major break-up. But, this is not your “eat an entire pint of cookie dough ice cream in your sweatpants” break-up song. No! This is a “let your inner-party animal out” break-up song. “Green Light” makes me want to take to the streets and rock my head back-and-forth to the beat (like Lorde did in the music video). Lorde goes on to say that “Green Light” is about a girl who is letting herself go nuts and party after a tragic break-up. But, this girl is not a mess at all. Rather, she just needs this one night to cry and let off some steam because the next day she is ready to move on.
“Perfect Places” deals with the struggles of being young and naïve, according to Lorde this song is about trying to find your true place in the world. The song asks the question that most young adults ask themselves “Where do I belong?” “Perfect Places,” like most of the album, has a hopeful tone. Overall, Lorde provides listeners with a beckon of hope in times of hardships.