DRAGONETTE - ROYAL BLUES
Released November 11, 2016
By Kendra Cooper
Dragonette’s new album Royal Blues brings a flood of emotion straight to the dance floor, and you’ll want to swim in it. This is their fourth album, and their first since 2013. Time and experience has served them well.
Lead singer, Martina Sorbara, and her ex-partner Dan Kurtz worked on this album after splitting up, and this masterpiece came out of what happens when you have to see your ex everyday. It’s the phoenix rising out of the ashes of their romantic relationship. It gives us all hope for what can come after its over. It’s not without life and there will be no dead dancefloors with this album. Welcome to the rebirth.
The lyrics have depth similar to Sia and Tove Lo. It is electropop with an epic backstory. It feels positive in a tough love kind of way, but not a corny new age kind of way. Royal Blues is the reminder that everyone dancing beside you tonight has had their heartbroken at some point, and they’re still here for the party.
Unfortunately the party had gone on for too long. The songs are difficult to tell apart and I’m not sure where the album starts or finishes. It’s a small flaw, but this album needs a song that gives us a moment to sit down and reflect. That’s what major life changes are about, right?
High Five is EDM that feels my struggle and pats me on the back.
Lonely Heart is fulfilling my secret wish for Ska music to make a comeback. Can I wear suspenders and checkered shoes to the nightclub already?
Darth Vader is your ultimate break up song, after Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive of course.
Detonate is probably as close to a wind down song as you’re going to get on this album. Ironic I know, since the title hints at an explosion.
Lost Teenagers will have you clapping your hands while you pack your runaway bag.
Future Ghost is pure synth and piano gold. I want more of this (with legwarmers and neon lights).
Royal Blues will have you sweating through those painful breakup memories with the help of the synth and steady beats that are sure to re-animate all the dead, cold hearts out there.