Earworm: Dua Lipa's Future Nostalgia

Monday, May 17, 2021

 How have I not written about an album that has gotten me through a lot of the last year of life on this planet? It came out a couple weeks into quarantine and it has been in constant rotation ever since. Truly, 11 tracks, no skips.

Every artist seems to be taking inspiration from 80s pop, and she pulls it off. It doesn't feel like a put on, it feels like a natural extension from her first album. I can imagine these songs being played at a party or in a club. They make you want to dance, but it's not base heavy so it won't give you migraines. (Base gives me migraines, one of many reasons I don't go to clubs.)

This album took the best lessons from the 80s pop revival trend that's been happening the last few years. For me, it's right up there with Paramore's After Laughter. They are wholly original albums whose sounds fit the artist and don't feel forced. A lot of artists are trying to make 80s pop songs instead of it being a true evolution of their sound.

Favorite tracks: "Pretty Please", "Break My Heart", "Don't Start Now", "Levitating", and "Hallucinate"

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