The mistake is the "music box" i.e. the CD that doesn't have a CD in it. Once you come out with a piece of ill-advised hubris like that, certain people are ready to tear you apart. Imagine whining that an album isn't miserable enough. Reminds me of the people who tapped out from Manic Street Preachers after they didn't have a severely depressed self-harming member any more despite that fact that this was for the worst of reasons.
Maybe a bit… I still think it’s a bad faith argument though. Nobody’s saying she has to keep doing the same thing. Even less so that she has to stay ’miserable’, which I’d argue has never been her USP. Royals is snarky. Team is warm and uplifting. Green Light is Euphoric.
I feel like everybody’s basically in agreement that Solar Power isn’t a particularly good album, but for some reason we feel the need to either fall into the camp that Lorde is a bad person or that anyone who has a remotely negative thought on the album is a bad person. Surely there has to be a healthy middle ground? Otherwise why bother having critical thoughts about anything in pop culture?
I don't think anybody is saying that VoR. it's just interesting to dissect the various camps critiquing the album and look at where they're coming from. there's a lot of "I WANT MY MELANCHOLIC TEENAGE ELECTROPOP QUEEN!" entitlement out there. it doesn't mean people can't also validity critique the album for its flaws.
I'm quietly persisting with this. Clearly lacks the highs of the first two albums, but "The Path", "California", and "Mood Ring" are my keepers for now. "Stoned..." is growing on me quite a bit. "Oceanic Feeling" has promise too. The rest still whooshes above my head a bit.