Dua Lipa’s debut album has had many false starts since the release of her breakthrough single ‘Be The One’. That was a rare opportunity to capitalise on, but the delay (twice) of the release of the album really stalled her momentum.
The singles that followed also stalled. So now the album is finally here, what’s it like?
First off : don’t waste your time on the deluxe version. Sure it’s better value for money, but the quality of the additional tracks makes it unlistenable in parts.
Coming in at 12 tunes, the standard version is a pretty great debut album on its own. It’s the one I’d recommend you invest in.
The things I’ve always loved about Dua Lipa (husky tone, catchy tunes, honest lyrics) all feature and bring her story to life on her self-titled debut.
Two years later, ‘Be The One’ remains a beautiful moment. It’s a near perfect pop tune and sits alongside some other great new songs like ‘IDGAF’ and ‘New Rules’.
Some sense has also been made of one of the singles released by Lipa around the time of one of her delays.
‘Blow Your Mind’, which made no sense as a single, now works extremely well as a part of the album and is really enjoyable.
Having said that, some of the (presumably) newer songs feel overly produced and the qualities that make Dua Lipa stand out vanish through the production. They aren’t bad songs, just overcooked.
The random moment of the album : ‘Homesick’, with Chris Martin as co-writer and surprise back up vocalist. For a debut album, this is a pretty big deal.
It’s not uncommon for features to happen or A-List producers to be involved on debut albums, but to get a megastar like Chris Martin on your album is a pretty big win. And it works well – the song is a beautiful way to close out the set and showcases Dua Lipa’s incredible voice.
For a debut that had so many challenges getting off the ground, the effort is a good one.
If the deluxe version had been left on the shelf, my verdict might have been better.
I look forward to see where promotion and album two takes her.
VERDICT : 3/5 (4/5 if the Deluxe Version didn’t exist).
MUST LISTEN : Be The One, IDGAF, New Rules, Hotter Than Hell.