After the absolute failure of an intergalactic-inspired record that was Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake, British pop star Dua Lipa has done what Uzi thought he was doing with her second album Future Nostalgia.
Now, I really didn’t have any interest in checking this record out because I was not a fan of Dua Lipa. I found her previous work to be bland, radio/stream-friendly, and uninteresting. Also, her stage presence, in some of the live performances I’ve seen, is not there. She couldn’t dance if her life depended on it, but maybe, that will change as Future Nostalgia is a fun journey that pays tribute to disco, dance, and ’80s synth-wave.
The track that gave me a lot of interest in this record was “Break My Heart”. The pre-chorus that leads into the hook is one of the best build-ups that I have heard so far this year, and the bass-line is astonishingly catchy.
The album kicks off with its futuristic theme in “Future Nostalgia”. It teases a very energetic, and multi-faceted artist that is ready for this very welcoming new sound to her discography.
“Cool” was not a style of song that I believed I would enjoy until this point. It sounded like a Tove Lo track, and, crazy enough, she is a part of the background vocals to this track. The instrumental is what really makes this track standout, and makes it an encapsulating love song.
On the next track “Physical”, we get a nod to Olivia Newton-John’s 1981 hit “Physical”, which I personally hate with a passion, but I can respect the tribute and the full 1980s sound that this track has. It just doesn’t connect with me as much as the other songs on here do.
I can make an argument that “Levitating” is the best song on this album. It is a track you can just jam out to in the car or in the shower, and a perfect depiction of how pop music should be treated. Instead of trying to be pretentious, and pushing out crap for streams, actually have fun with your music like Dua Lipa clearly had when making this record.
“Pretty Please” and “Good In Bed” are two of the slower tracks on this record. However, the content is anything but mellow. If you read the second track listed, then both of these songs are summed up. They are two songs that actually discuss one’s sex life in a healthy and clean fashion, unlike most music now, which is a breath of fresh air hearing an accurate representation of one’s love life.
Surpringisly, I loved this Dua Lipa record. If you love fun, dancing, and a great time, this is the record right here. Not all the songs hit like the others for me, but there isn’t a bad track in the swift 37 minutes of runtime.
Richest Tracks: “Future Nostalgia”, “Break My Heart”, “Cool”, “Levitating”, “Pretty Please”, “Good In Bed”
Worst Track: “Hallucinate”
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