Lorde's 'Melodrama' Is The True 2018 Album Of The Year

Lorde's 'Melodrama' Is The True 2018 Album Of The Year

Lorde was robbed.
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The 60th Annual Grammys just passed, which means it's time to reflect on what the music industry has chosen to highlight as the pinnacle of music in 2017. There's a lot to be said about the night. "Shape of You", a song about a woman's body, took best pop solo performance against a lineup of strong women who wrote about empowerment (don't get me wrong, I love Ed), Bruno Mars, in some ways rightfully so, was basically the star of the entire night. However, out of all of the things that happens at the Grammys that I will never understand, the most important, is Lorde.

Melodrama is album of the year.

Yes, yes it is easy to look at the other nominees in the category and look at who I am and say, "Wow she thinks Lorde should win because she's a girl and that's probably all she listened to." Yes, I am a girl. Yes, I have listened to Lorde's album more than almost any other album in my life. BUT, I am plenty well-versed in the other albums up for the award.

Lorde still should've won.

Congrats Bruno, you did have some nice bops. Jay-Z, almost everything you do will always be culturally relevant and impactful, Childish Gambino, there is no hiding your true talent and not just in your voice and, Kendrick Lamar, your dominance of the Rap category proves that your work is loved.

Lorde was overlooked.

All of the previously mentioned artists were offered a chance for a solo performance, whether they took it or not. Lorde was told she could sing with the tribute for Tom Petty if she wanted. If that wasn't the first sign that the masterpiece of an album was forgotten, I don't know what was.

Not only does the album have the most unique musical production, but it's backed up by more poignant lyrics than my mind could comprehend on the first listen.

"When you've outgrown a lover, the whole world knows but you. It's time to let go of this endless summer afternoon"

"I ride the subway, read the signs, I let the seasons change my mind, I love it here since I've stopped needing you"

"I light all the candles, cut flowers for all my rooms. I care for myself the way I used to care about you"

“But in our darkest hours, I stumbled on a secret power/ I'll find a way to be without you, babe”

I mean, that's all I need. Emotions haven't been captured this well, ever. There's barely a weak song on the album. The singular song that I don't listen to is in a lot of people's favorites. Lorde is pulling us through upbeat songs that make us uncomfortable because the drums kick in halfway through the chorus and the words don't rhyme to ballads that make you want to sob your way through finding your own strength again to glorious, fluorescent visions of every relationship we've ever had flashing before our eyes.

From synths to pianos to drums and everything in between, this album pushes the boundaries of what we know as "pop" music by essentially creating its own genre, unapologetically. Lorde wrote Melodrama for herself, unapologetically.

Long live the true 2018 Album of the Year, the album that brings out the fiercest, strongest version of you, if you only give it a chance.

Cover Image Credit: Chaz McGregor

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Warcraft 3: Reforged - A legend returns

One of the top 100 games of the century makes a comeback in an epic way.

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17 years ago, the legion invaded the realm of Azeroth, forcing the different races of Humans, Orcs, Night elves, and Undead to make the most unlikely of alliances. There were those who fought for the light while the others wished to banish it. Night and day, the furnaces of Lordaeron burnt bright as the loyal dwarves of Khaz Modan hammer away the swords and shields that would aid the fight ahead.

17 years ago, the young orc warchief Thrall foresaw the fate of his people as meteors of green flames crash upon his lands. He saw the upcoming demise of his clanand ordered a mass evacuation towards a new continent where they shall be safe for generations to come. 17 years ago, the night elves felt a corruption within the Tree of Life, causing them to split into opposing factions: one fought in the name of the Goddess, while the other fought in the name of personal hatred. 17 years ago, a legion of undead came upon the shores of Lordaeron, plaguing the land and defiling the life force of the realm. That was the story of Warcraft, one that spanned continents and races only to join them together for a crucial battle of their history.

Warcraft 3: Reforged - Cinematic Trailer Youtube

Warcraft was a monument to an entire gaming generation, ranked 2nd best game of all time by German games magazine "GameStar." Its fate, however, was ultimately sealed as computing technology became better and overshadowed the old giant. Plus, with the rise of gaming consoles and handheld gaming devices, PC gaming lost its appeal slowly, and games like Starcraft or Warcraft eventually faded into oblivion.

But over on the horizon, Blizzard Entertainment came to the rescue. Following the success of their previous release of Starcraft: Remastered, they decided to come forth with their next great project: remastering Warcraft 3.

Using a new and revamped engine built over the foundations of the old one, they have rebuilt the world we once loved. Adding to that are new, high definition voices and sound effects that they recorded just for this old game. For the blurry characters of old, the team decided to upscale and remodel all present units to give them the 2019 high-def treatment they deserved. For the old user interface (UI), the development team settled on one that resembled the "Starcraft: Remastered" interface, offering more room for players to look at the gorgeous 4K character models. Also, to fit the new continuity from World of Warcraft, Blizzard opted to alter the story by a small margin, showing promising changes to the revived game.

Warcraft 3 – Original vs. Reforged Trailer Graphics Comparison Youtube

However, not everyone was hyped when the game was announced. Many gamers expressed disappointment at Blizzard's move of remastering old games instead of developing new ones. Many, feeling uncomfortable at the company's decision, took to the internet and into forums. Some fans expressed concerns over Blizzard's decision to retcon a game they hold dear Some are unhappy with the graphics not being consistent with characters: unit models look too detailed while buildings look cartoonish.

Despite all this, the general population loved the announcement at Blizzcon. As the game slowly reaches its release date of December 31, 2019, the hype can only go up from here. For those of us who can't hold their excitement, here's a video of the crowd's insane reaction to the announcement:


Warcraft 3 Crowd Reaction Youtube

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