Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa

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After being pushed back from September to February, and then February to June, the wait is over!!! Dua Lipa has finally released her debut album after years of waiting. The Kosovo born, British singer/songwriter has released nothing but hit after hit the last couple of years, but hasn’t seen a home to go to, and now we have a whole shed load of new songs.

It follows after the releases of ‘Hotter Than Hell,’ ‘Last Dance,’ ‘Blow Your Mind (Mwah)’, ‘Be The One’, and ‘Lost In Your Light’ featuring Miguel to name a very few.

The album was released on the 2nd of June via Warner Music.


1. Genesis
A mid-tempo opening with the tropical influences of African drums is what you can expect from the opening of the album. The song talks about getting back to the sweetness of a relationship that happened more to the beginning of it. It’s an OK opening. It doesn’t reel you in to the rest of the album, but it certainly gets the foot in the door.
Rate /10: 6

2. Last Dance
Released as a single a couple of years ago, I always found it to be sincerely underrated. The synths, and the bass of the song is enough to get you hooked and singing along in your head hours after upon initial listening. Pure pop heaven that unfortunately got let slip away.
Rate /10: 8

3. Hotter Than Hell
The infectious tropical thunder infused instrumental followed by Dua’s powerhouse vocals which glides across the track is what it takes to become an amazing hit. This song that caught many people’s ears was destined to become a hit, and whilst it did, it still remains one of the most underrated songs of all time. Whilst only being placed at #15, it undoubtedly deserved #1.
Rate /10: 9

4. Be The One
The warm and vibrant track which features church like layered melodies that have your ears enjoying every syllable of every word. The chord progression and the soaring bassline will have you falling in love with the song, and if you haven’t heard ‘Hotter Than Hell,’ you would have heard this.
Rate /10: 8

5. IDGAF
A more carefree approach about, well, clearly a break up. Dua runs into a complete zone of literally not giving a fuck, and conveys it in the message of a song, about not giving a fuck. The song is fairly passive-aggressive and has no means of drama within the song, making it light and enjoyable.
Rate /10: 7

6. Blow Your Mind (Mwah)
A sassy bubblegum smash hit. This song dominated the airwaves around the time of it’s released, and is a real fuck you song to those who doubt you.
Rate /10: 8

7. New Love
A light opening followed by an impressively catchy chorus. The song heavily uses African drums showing further tropical influences, and also displays Dua’s incredible vocals.
Rate /10: 8

8. No Goodbyes
A better view of Dua’s softer side, No Goodbyes see’s Dua opting to ask her lover for one last night where everything seems OK. Whilst the verses are full of raw and honest lyrics, the chorus seems desperate in wanting that last night, using repetition as a way to nab the attention.
Rate /10: 7

9. Thinkin ‘Bout You
Whilst taking a mellow break from the more out there pop songs, Thinkin ‘Bout You has a very Joss Stone/Corinne Bailey Rae vibe to it, and it’s the sort of thing you’d listen to at 5 a.m. after being really drunk and wallowing in your feelings, but it sort of has this very warm feel to it.
Rate /10: 8

10. Room For 2
A slouchy number, Room For 2 offers everything you need a song when you decide enough is enough and you want to move on. The song also seems like it plays on itself using the repetitive chorus as a way of saying that the relationship in question is going round in circles itself. Although it takes a few listens to get used to, the song is actually pretty catchy and speaks volumes in many situations, whichever way you look at it.
Rate /10: 7

11. Lost In Your Light (feat. Miguel)
A pop gem that will always probably remain undiscovered. One of the more recent releases of the album that features American singer Miguel, that again should have become a smash hit, that was unfortunately let go by the public. This song sees things pick back up in the over halfway mark of the album, and is delivered with greatness in true Dua Lipa style.
Rate /10: 8

12. Bad Together
A wrecking ball triumph on the album. Bad Together smashes it’s way through and marks it’s territory with the production, the lyrics, and of course the immense vocals. Undoubtedly the dark horse of the album, and could easily become the favourite amongst fans.
Rate /10: 8

13. Garden
With every album, there’s always one song that seems to fall behind the rest, and I believe this song could be the one. It’s not actually, in conclusion, not at all bad, but it just seems forced. The song writing on this one seems lazy, and it kind of feels like it’s been given a really dramatic production to emphasise the lyrics and mask up on how mediocre they actually are. It works, I must say, but when you focus on it, that’s when you realise.
Rate /10: 6

14. Dreams
This one irks me quite a lot. It has you believing that this is going to be one of those songs that you won’t stop listening to for weeks, maybe months on end, and then it gets you to the pre-chorus and has you surfing along the night sky with the stars in the moonlight, and then it actually gets to the chorus and then what was once surfing among the stars turns into a freefall with no parachute. The chorus is exceedingly underwhelming and Dua’s vocals throughout the duration of the chorus sounds like she doesn’t want to be here. Just seems… well, lazy. However, the verses and the pre-choruses are actually ace. Just a shame about that chorus.
Rate /10: 7

15. New Rules
A cleverly produced part house, part garage track reviewing the rules of avoiding fuck boys is exactly what we need right now. Fortunately, we have Dua on site, and this song is pretty much what you need every morning you wake up to avoid those new species of masculinity known as ‘fuck boy.’ It’s confidence and bossiness reminds you of what you’re worth and reminds you to move on without giving these guys the key to your emotions. Go Dua.
Rate /10: 8 

16. Begging
What seems like what could be a HAIM song, isn’t. Obviously. Dua gets in touch with her more indie rock/percussionist side and ends up on this track, which again, could easily be mistaken for HAIM. It really suits Dua in terms of artistry, but it’s also good to see the diversity behind this track, and others on the album. Not the best on the album unfortunately, but still enjoyable all round.
Rate /10: 6

17. Homesick
A collective and calm ending for an album that provides so much. Obviously written with Chris Martin as he sneaks in from the second half of the song throughout. In the first half Dua’s vocals walks hand in hand with the piano that plays in whispers and gently drifts into a more confident reveal when Chris starts to back up Dua. It’s actually a very beautiful song, and again the lyrics are particularly honest. For a ballad, it’s not boring, but more relatable and makes it all the more reason to listen and enjoy. A gorgeous ending to the album.
Rate /10: 8

Album percentage – 75%


Conclusion

So of course Dua has released some of the most underrated singles this last decade, and maybe even one or two of them being the most underrated this millenium, but does the album live up to the front? Kind of.
I kind of find this album is full of great songs, but you’re always left wanting slightly more and I’m not sure if that’s because Dua’s potential is so huge that you always expect more, or because you’re not sure what you were expecting.

I must admit, as a debut album, it’s actually pretty good, and it does leave me excited to see what Dua’s next project is going to sound like, but I don’t think it was worth the continuous push backs. She is able to be confident and sexy, and sing about ‘personal’ things like any modern album these days turns out to be about heartbreak, sex or drugs. It seems to have followed a similar direction as Zara Larsson’s debut. It kept being pushed back so that the album is “perfected in every way,” but it doesn’t seem like any more time was spent on it. More so, that it was pushed to the side until the artist could be bothered to do so.

There’s no denying however that Dua’s attention to detail with lyrics and production as a whole is unquestionably defiant and really pushes the idea out, particularly for other females, to be more confident and more self worthy.

It’s a great album, but I think Dua could do a whole lot better. This woman has so much potential and if she gets it right, she could be among the worlds biggest stars.

Favourite song? Hotter Than Hell or Homesick

Is it worth buying? Yes

#1? No


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