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Lorde - Solar Power

Discussion in 'Pop & Justice' started by Sam, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. WAIT at Hold No Grudge actually being excellent?! My favorite thing to come out of this era by several miles.
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  2. Saying this as someone who is a known Solar Power In Its Entirety Enjoyer - both bonus tracks, but especially Hold No Grudge, are among the best songs to come out of the album period and belong firmly in the legendary "why in thee fuck was this relegated to bonus track status" canon.
     
  3. I’ve been revisiting Solar Power the song tonight and…what a bop.
     
  4. Just hearing the bonus tracks for the first time and Hold No Grudge is literally better than the entire album bar Mood Ring. Helen of Troy is also better than 90% of the album, but it's nothing special.
     
  5. 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.
     
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  6. 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.
     
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  7. 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.
     
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  8. Solar Power is the biggest musical let down of the last few years, and no I didn’t want Melodrama 2. Those bonus are not helping at all.
     
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  9. 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.
     
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  10. Well I didn’t care for that album either.
     
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  11. Sam

    Sam

    Solar Power is perfectly fine and actively good in some places. It’s not the grief and maturity album we anticipated but there are shades of brilliance to be found throughout the full 51 minutes. Let the light in gherlz x
     
  12. As soon as I read "hazelnut cake and Manhattans" I was done. Ella, sis... you're absolutely killing me.
     
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  13. This Goop era was worth it just to get “Mood Ring”. The rest can be composted.
     
  14. 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.
     
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  15. 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.
     
  16. 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.
     
  17. The album is fine albeit a bit underwhelming. I think it is nowhere near rotten as Love and Fear was. And people apparently forgot Sling happened this year because they felt asleep after pressing the play button.
     
  18. Ddd the way I hadn’t even realised that ‘Orange Trees’ could be actually be an influence thematically and in terms of sound for this album…

    Love + Fear low-key has more highs than Solar Power
     
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  19. 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.
     
  20. 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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