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Danceable anthems

May 9 - May 15, 2024
Gulf Weekly Danceable anthems

British-Albanian pop powerhouse Dua Lipa has dropped her highly anticipated third studio album Radical Optimism after a four-year hiatus since the disco-fuelled triumph of Future Nostalgia.

The album, released on May 3 boasts an impressive list of collaborators, including Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and pop veteran Ian Kirkpatrick.

The artist delivers on her promise of a ‘psychedelic-pop-infused tribute to UK rave culture’.

Lead single Houdini sets the tone with its pulsating bassline and hypnotic vocals, while Training Season throws in a dose of electro-pop grit.

Tracks like Illusion and Come with Me showcase her knack for crafting catchy hooks and earworm melodies, perfect for late-night club sets.

However, some critics have found the album lacking in the depth and innovation that she established with Future Nostalgia.

While the production is polished and the sonic palette is diverse, the overall sound leans heavily on familiar pop formulae.

Tracks like Don’t Go Twisting My Words and French Exit feel like retreads of previous hits, lacking the originality that made Dua Lipa a pop phenomenon.

Despite the mixed reviews, Radical Optimism is undeniably a collection of well-crafted pop anthems.

Her signature sultry vocals and confident delivery shine throughout, and the album’s undeniable danceability makes it a perfect soundtrack for carefree summer nights.

Ultimately, Radical Optimism is a solid pop album that delivers on its promise of danceable anthems.

While it may not reach the groundbreaking heights of Future Nostalgia, it reaffirms Lipa’s position as a pop powerhouse with a knack for crafting infectious tunes.

Born in London to Albanian parents, Dua Lipa’s musical journey began at a young age, heavily influenced by her father’s rock band background.

At 15, she returned to London with aspirations of becoming a singer, uploading covers and original songs online while working as a waitress.

Her breakthrough came with the 2015 self-titled debut album, featuring hits like New Love and Be the One establishing her signature sound: a blend of 70’s disco, 80’s pop, and 90’s club music.

Her sophomore album, Future Nostalgia, cemented her status as a global pop phenomenon, winning critical acclaim and multiple awards, including three Grammys.

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