Review: Lorde’s ‘Melodrama’ Is Fantastically Intimate, a Production Tour De Force

Lorde’s second album is ‘Melodrama.’ Brendan Walter

On her debut, Pure Heroine, Lorde ridiculed pop music while glorying in it. The former Ella Yelich-O’Connor displayed an honor-roll-brat-in-detention-hall flow, a goth sense of drama and the sort of supreme over it-ness that only an actual 16-year-old can muster. More