Lorde - Solar Power

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I have great tickets for Melbourne but I think I’m just gonna get a refund.

I don’t really feel like waiting a year and a half for a tour which may or may not go ahead. Especially when it’s for her worst album.
Just listened to the bonus tracks. They're not doing anything for me. Very faceless sounding songs. The Solar Power soundscape is so one note.

It really is. I’ve tried listening to the album a number of times thinking it is going to click but it never does. It’s barely memorable.
In time I think The Path could become my overall favourite from the era. Maybe it is already. Epic opening track, it really goes on a journey (unlike many of the songs which show but don't grow).

It and Mood Ring are certified Ella classiques and I'm happy with that takeaway from this project. Now lemme shimmy in my vintage Dries slip and then collapse on the royere daybed.
California is stunning too and one, if not my favorite one off of this album.

And it's one of the few moments when she lets us peak behind the blonde, superficial persona she's portraying throughout Solar Power. She paints California (the fame, the celebrity lifestyle, the glitz) as something shiny and beautiful, but it's not the place where she truly belongs. Don't want that California love / It's just a dream, I wanna wake up.
I enjoy hyperbole as much as the next person, but this is a little much. I’m not crazy about the album either, but it’s not exactly Love + Fear territory.

I don’t think it is a stretch. The quality that is expected from Lorde is so much more superior than what we got. Which I guess worked against her with this release. It is definitely the year’s biggest disappointment.
I also think the Love + Fear comparison is valid. Both were massive regressions from the albums that came before. Lorde's songwriting is typically stronger than Marina's, so you don't get an Enjoy Your Life-style lyrical disaster on Solar Power, but I honestly find both albums to be similar levels of boring. In fact, Solar Power may be slightly more boring in that it's way too fucking sonically cohesive. The songs blend together something fierce and the only one I find myself coming back to is The Path.
So I'm gonna post this image because it's either fake and we can all laugh about it, or it's real... and we can all laugh about it.
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