Dua Lipa (Deluxe)

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Released in 2017, 17 tracks, 61 min

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"Dua Lipa (Deluxe)"

The rise of the new (and last?) Princess of pop.

I have been lucky enough to see the fantastic Dua Lipa in concert twice. The first time was in Amsterdam. It was October 2016, and this British young woman with Albanian ancestry had just released a couple of days earlier ''Blow Your Mind (Mwah)''. She began to stand out and make her way in the world of young promises of pop offering dance sounds but soft and, above all, with personality. The tickets were 10€ and my friend Sofía and I showed up two hours before the concert, drank a bottle of wine while we queued and still managed to be in the second row (and take a picture with her <3). She barely gathered 2,000 fans, but who worryingly loyal and crazy for her. Half a year later, in July of 2017, I saw her again, much more confident and almost a mass idol. She was at her peak (and even better times would come). A month prior she had released her debut album, the namesake Dua Lipa, and two weeks ago she released the video clip of ''New Rules'', which was beginning to sound all over the world. In just half a year, the expectant crowd to see her had tripled, but the fanaticism and admiration that the fans showed for the artist was the same, as intense as fan can be. Lipa, who presented herself as a demigod of the normcore, sophisticated and urban, which had managed to convert thousands of people and make them join her sect of fans. From that summer, our protagonist would see how her career would take off as few artists’ have. It seemed that she was going to become a world-class star, and she did. Dua cut her hair and appeared before the world with a bob, and it seems silly, but this is often a sign of triumph (Rihanna with ''Umbrella'', Miley with ''We Can't Stop''), who do you think made this hairstyle a trend between teen girls? Dua came to slay. Her unique voice along with her musical style and appearance give her a personality and overwhelming presence that has helped to captivate all the fans she has around the world. With her debut album she set out to conquer the world. Dua Lipa was delayed three times, since the artist wanted to work in ''exciting collaborations''. And the wait was worth it: composed of dance-pop, electro-pop and tropical house dance songs, the artist's self-titled album is presented as one of the best debuts released by a female pop artist of this decade, which revolves around of empowerment, love and sex. In a time when the concept of ''pop star'' or ''pop princess'' seems to have died, Dua redefines this idea in her image. Ladies and gentlemen ... Are we facing the new and renovated pop princess?

Written by @FerSP from Fernando Sempere
Jun 28, 2019

Dua Lipa (Deluxe) Is The Album That Liberates Pop From Years Of Mediocrity, Due To Lipa’s Ability To Nail Precise Sounds And Styles

I don’t have much of a personal story related to Dua Lipa, but a couple observations. Such as – when she first hit the scene, I was immediately struck, not by her absolute beauty, but by the fact that she had brown hair. Not colored blonde or seafoam rainbow. But natural. And what else was natural, besides her look, was her voice. Not even the faintest wobble of autotune support. Just raw soul laden over Pop tracks. I assumed this breath of fresh air would somehow dissipate in popularity for some trivial reason, and above all, I assumed in a cynical fashion that the very young singer would not have much more depth than the couple of singles that I had heard. Boy, was I wrong, as song after song, there was something very ‘old head’ about the girl, like she had actually physically experienced the various music scenes that all had their heyday before she was born. What’s more, these weren’t simply retro takes, but rather brand new patches freshly stitched into a rich sonic quilt. More than just another Synth Pop song or piece of Tropical EDM Pop with no sense of musical possibility, a New Wave brilliance of romance and funk shape a clear bop called “Genesis”, priming me for the precision sound of the whole album with this first track. There are tons of older New Wave influences throughout, recalling the sound of Prince collaborators Andre Cymone and Jessie Johnson, or Prince himself for that matter, but even in this, there is an appeal to contemporary Pop convention which help cement Dua Lipa’s mass appeal too – ultimately though, Dua Lipa is a perfectionist and well versed in the multiverse of sounds and influences that are just begging to be incorporated into new Pop music by the ones willing to take risks. Even “New Rules”, arguably the most popular song on the album, is risky, because in many places, the formulaic elements present could have taken over, yet instead, the song serves as an introduction to a whole world of trippy beats and funky tricks. Lipa in my opinion is the best Pop Artist in the industry now, and her strengths are not one-note; she simply can’t be summed up by lines like ‘oh, she is so soulful’ or ‘oh, she understands real House music’ or ‘oh, she knows how to make Reggae Fusion not sound so typical.’ Rather, I have a theory that any style of music would be fair game for such a keen musical mind.

Written by @taylor
Mar 22, 2019

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