Liability by Lorde – song review

Out of nowhere Lorde decided to release another song. This one is called Liability. “Green Light”was amazing. So, is “Liabilty” on par with “Green Light“?

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Short answer would be no, but first let me explain. There are few things in music that I actively despise and this song has one of those. It is  intentional grammar mistakes.

He don’t wanna know me

Do you know what is even worse thing? If she made that lyric to be correct it would sound much better. Look, on this blog every review has at least one grammar mistake and I am trying to improve my grammar with every review, but when you do that intentionally just to force a rime or something else it just comes off as very lazy. That is the biggest reason why this song is not on par with “Green Light”.

Now, let’s talk about good things this song has. Firstly, song has great foundation which is built by beautiful piano and equally beautiful Lorde’s vocals. Lorde’s vocal delivery is perfect in this song. You can clearly hear emotion in her voice.  Best things about this song are small ones. Like for example if you pay attention to the instrumentation of the song you will hear little guitar slides which add a lot to the overall atmosphere of the song.”Liability” is something new for Lorde, but you can hear that she is really good at delivering lyrics even in this kinds of songs.

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If you look at the lyrics you will realize that this is a breakup song. Now you are probably thinking “Oh no, another breakup song”, but let me say something. This is good breakup song lyric- wise and sound-wise. I have said why it is good sound-wise, now let’s discuss the lyrics.

Lorde opens up the song with part where she says how she is hurt and how she is crying because of that.

Baby really hurt me
Crying in the taxi

After that she explains why she is hurt and how she will go home into the arms of the girl that she loves. That girl is her. She realizes how she was too demanding and how she was never satisfied and that is why relationship did not work.

He don’t wanna know me
Says he made the big mistake of dancing in my storm
Says it was poison
So I guess I’ll go home
Into the arms of the girl that I love
The only love I haven’t screwed up
She’s so hard to please
But she’s a forest fire
I do my best to meet her demands
Play at romance, we slow dance
In the living room, but all that a stranger would see
Is one girl swaying alone
Stroking her cheek

In the chorus she tells us what were the reasons of the breakup and she admits how she is too much for everyone.

They say, “You’re a little much for me
You’re a liability
You’re a little much for me”
So they pull back, make other plans
I understand, I’m a liability
Get you wild, make you leave
I’m a little much for
E-a-na-na-na, everyone

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In second verse she gives us her point of view how she is everyone’s “toy” and once they are bored with her they just get rid of her.

The truth is I am a toy
That people enjoy
‘Til all of the tricks don’t work anymore
And then they are bored of me
I know that it’s exciting
Running through the night, but
Every perfect summer’s
Eating me alive until you’re gone
Better on my own

In the end of the song she says how she will one day just disappear into the sun and they are gonna watch it.

They’re gonna watch me disappear into the sun
You’re all gonna watch me disappear into the sun

 

Overall this is pretty good song with some flaws. This song gets 4/5.

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