on this week's must-hear music podcast, we talk about one of this year's most acclaimed albums -- lorde's melodrama. while collaborator jack antonoff's fingerprints are on the synths and friend taylor swift's impact is certainly felt in the lyrics, we all agree melodrama is a singular work of art that only ella yelich-o'connor -- entering her twenties with a wounded but wiser heart -- could have produced.
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another release we talk about is sza's long-awaited debut ctrl; honing in on the highlight "drew barrymore," we discuss her risk-taking vocals, incisive lyrics and reverb-y soundscape (we also digress to chat about favorite drew barrymore movies).
and in the up-and-comer realm, we look at swedish singer marlene, whose solange/dev hynes-ish "next to me" is a billboard office favorite.
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