Dua Lipa’s latest album left me hoping for more

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To be honest, Dua Lipa’s music hasn’t ever been my favorite.

There’s something about the electric-feeling pop music that doesn’t fulfill my thirst for new music and my cravings to create playlists for every emotion and feeling, but frankly this album isn’t anything that’ll ever make those playlists mentioned before.

Now don’t get me wrong, I commend her for branching out from her typical pretty girl pop aura that her 2017 album—New Rules—held, but I also felt as if Future Nostalgia left me grasping for more from her. It was as if she was trying to establish a bad-girl aesthetic but fell short when it came to her music.

All of the songs held the same underlying sound, and while you want the songs on an album to sound cohesive, I got sick of listening to the same song over and over again while piecing together this review. Every song carried the same aftertaste of electric, bright pop that just isn’t something that I found new or exciting.

Usually I’m more of a lyrics person when it comes to my music. I enjoy songs with stories I can relate to, music that has poetic choruses, and powerful bridges; maybe if this album had more intriguing lyrics it would have changed my opinions on it but it seemed as if there is no hope for Lipa’s latest release, until I got to the last song.

Contrasting the upbeat, fast-paced vibe of the rest of the album is the last song “Boys Will Be Boys” with a sorrowful and repetitive chorus that doesn’t match the rest.

The one thing about this album that I appreciate, though, are the powerful lyrics, and I admire her for using her platform to spread a message such as “Boys Will Be Boys.” She uses this song to shed light on how ‘‘it’s second nature to walk home before the sun goes down and put your keys between your knuckles when there’s boys around.’’

She even goes as far to say ‘’if you’re offended by this song, you’re clearly doing something wrong.’’

Now don’t get me wrong, I commend her for branching out from her typical pretty girl pop aura that her 2017 album—New Rules—held, but I also felt as if Future Nostalgia left me grasping for more from her”

I respect her for reserving the last song on her album to preach about something she clearly believes in and it’s one of the songs on the album I liked because it differentiated from everything else she’d written on Future Nostolgia.

And while the other songs like “Physical” and “Pretty Please” sound like nothing new from Lipa, this last song has the creative lyrics I felt as if the rest of the album lacked. It provided me with a taste of the new and exciting music I was hoping for.

Dua Lipa’s new album Future Nostalgia may not be the new, innovative thing I was hoping for from her, but “Boys Will Be Boys” seems to be a step in the right direction for her.