TRACK REVIEW: ‘Liability’ – Lorde

"I think everyone knows what that’s like, to just feel like a fucking liability."

| March 9, 2017

A mere week after releasing her first song in three years, Lorde released the second song from her upcoming sophomore album, “Melodrama,” which now has an official release date, June 16.

At this point, the title is starting to make a lot of sense.  Both of the released songs are dramatic in their own right.  This new song, “Liability,” is a piano ballad, which completely contrasts the dance-pop vibe from “Green Light.”  These are the type of songs that work best for her, though.  Her voice was made for ballads.  Last week many people were wondering if Lorde had completely changed her sound completely, but this week we’re just wondering which other direction the album could possibly go in.

This is where the differences end, however.  Like “Green Light,” the singer’s latest was also co-produced by Jack Antonoff.  Both tracks also revolve around the subject of feeling abandoned and having to deal with those feelings.

In a recent interview with Zane Lowe, Lorde said, “I love the song so much and it feels so starkly truthful to me. And I think everyone knows what that’s like, to just feel like a fucking liability.” She also explained:

“I’m really proud of this bit of songwriting. I feel like I got somewhere they hadn’t been before, which is always a nice feeling as a songwriter. It’s interesting because I had this realization that because of my lifestyle and what I do for work there’s going to be a point with every single person around me where I’m gonna be attacks on them in some way. If it is having to give up a little portion of their privacy or their life becoming more difficult or whatever. It was just this moment of sadness and I remember it so vividly.

I was in this cab alone listening to “Higher” by Rihanna because ANTI” had just come out. And I had a little cry and I was just like, “It’s always going to be this way, at some point with everyone it’s going to be this way.” But the song kind of ended up turning into a bit of a protective talismans for me. I was like, you know what, I’m always gonna have myself so I have to really nurture this relationship and feel good about hanging out with myself and loving myself. And the tone of the melody, the way it kind of falls around, it’s almost like it’s kind of drunk or it sort of leans around, it’s got this hip-hop cadence to it.”

 

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Stephanie Trefzger Stephanie started as a staff writer for the Niner Times in October 2015 and was promoted to assistant editor of arts and entertainment in October 2016. Her writing has focused mainly on album reviews and other musical topics, but she continues to expand her horizons. She is a senior and is double majoring in English literature and culture and German. When she is not writing articles, she is either people watching, reading, cooking, or updating her many social media profiles. If you're not sure of anything else, be sure that Stephanie is listening to music at any given time.

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Stephanie Trefzger Stephanie started as a staff writer for the Niner Times in October 2015 and was promoted to assistant editor of arts and entertainment in October 2016. Her writing has focused mainly on album reviews and other musical topics, but she continues to expand her horizons. She is a senior and is double majoring in English literature and culture and German. When she is not writing articles, she is either people watching, reading, cooking, or updating her many social media profiles. If you're not sure of anything else, be sure that Stephanie is listening to music at any given time.