FUTURE NOSTALGIA: A NOD TO THE PAST, A PUSH TO THE FUTURE
Her self-titled album from 2017 made Dua Lipa a household name, and looking back now shows that it was the perfect set up for the personality that she poured into her new album, Future Nostalgia. Upping her capabilities as a songwriter and proving to everyone that Dua energy is the 2020 energy we’ve been looking for!
Her smash single “New Rules” put her on the map as a prominent pop star, so the expectation that the 24-year-old artist would come back and explode this hard into her second album, just three years later, was beyond high. Future Nostalgia is a cohesive collection of confident dance jams that brings the party into anyone’s own living room for a bit of relief in this stressful time.
Dua brings in a new level of decade-jumping and genre-bending to pop, sprinkling disco and funk influences throughout the album. She nods to artists like Kylie Minogue, as “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” could have seamlessly been weaved into Future Nostalgia and mistaken for a Dua song. Meanwhile, her more funk-esque bass lines are similar to those out of a Chic track. Pitchfork, on another hand, describes her sound as covering “three Madonna eras at once.”
Future Nostalgia is welcoming and euphoric, with a sting of strong female power that is nearly impossible to ignore. In the opening title track, Dua sings, “No matter what you do I’m gonna get it without ya/ I know you ain't used to a female alpha…”
This sets the tone of the album right from the start, preparing us for the even more empowering tracks “Don’t Start Now” and “Boys Will Be Boys.” In the latter, Dua takes the old, ignorant term “boys will be boys” and flips it on its head with the juxtaposition, “...but girls will be women.”
In "Break My Heart," Due becomes slightly more vulnerable, singing, "I would've stayed at home/ Cause I was doing better alone/ But when you said 'hello'/ I knew it was the end of it all/ I should've stayed at home, cause now there ain't no letting go."
The song starts off slow, but don't be fooled! When the chorus drops, the dance party continues.
Break out your mom's old leotard and leg warmers- Dua throws it back to the 80s with "Physical," a track that sounds influenced equally by Olivia Newton-John's iconic track and Madonna's iconic sass.
Prepare to get lost in the colors and mystical feel of this music video.
At a time when the whole world is feeling quite discouraged, Future Nostalgia brings us back up, reminding us that the power of music can be stronger than enforced negativity as long as we continue to share it with one another.