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Deep Dive: Lorde’s Liability
Episode 1419th January 2022 • Rhapsody • Hopewell Valley Student Publications Network
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Today’s episode is a Deep Dive and will analyze the lyrics and instrumentation of Liability by Lorde.

Segment 1: History of Lorde

  • First album released in 2013 (Pure Heroine)
  • “Royals” became a smash hit and kick-started her career 
  • Songs focus on disillusionment and a jaded worldview
  • Melodrama released in 2017

Segment 2: Instrumentation 

  • Continues mood of angst often seen in her music
  • Key of D Flat Major creates a sombre mood 

Segment 3: Lyrics and Singing Style

  • Verses tell the story of heartbreak and depending on yourself
  • Timbre of Lorde’s low voice gives the ballad depth and creates intimacy 
  • Low range song (C3 - Ab4) 
  • Song is so popular due to its emotionally vulnerable themes that audiences can relate to 

Credits: (royals by lorde) (liability by lorde) (interview with Audacy News)

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