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Dua Lipa’s “Radical Optimism”

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Dua Lipas most recent album, Radical Optimism, dropped in May. Label Warner Records 
Album cover photo by Tyrone Lebon
Dua Lipa’s most recent album,” Radical Optimism,” dropped in May. Label Warner Records Album cover photo by Tyrone Lebon

On Friday, May 3,  the three-time Grammy and seven-time Brit award-winning pop sensation, Dua Lipa, released her third studio album titled “Radical Optimism.” The album dives into joy and happiness as decisions that once seemed impossible are now clear. As the title suggests, optimism is a theme that is held throughout the LP (long-playing record). Lipa’s album takes listeners through the journey of overcoming the fear of a broken heart and facing the chaos moving with grace through the challenges. 

Kevin Parker (Tame Impala) and British music producer and composer Danny L. Harle are credited in the production of the album. This pairing brought heavy-hitting synths and deep bass lines. This has become a staple of Lipa’s powerful sound in the music industry. Propelling her to seventh in the world in monthly listeners, according to Spotify. Since her debut in 2017, it feels like Lipa has found her sound, and people are here for it. 

The singles “Houdini,” “Training Season,” and “Illusion” that preceded the album’s release have amassed a large following of over 650 million plays with “Houdini” leading the charge at over 400 million. Currently, songs like “These Walls” and “Falling Forever” are leading the album in terms of songs that were released with the album. These are the songs that define Lipa’s sound, powerful synths, and groovy drums that make the listener feel almost euphoric. Something that is seeping through the cracks are songs like “Anything For Love” and “French Exit,” which follow a different path. Acoustic guitar and simple production that has electronics taking a back seat to feature Lipa’s empowering vocals and impressive range. 

As this is her third studio album, Lipa has made her mark on the music industry. This album further proves her validity on the music scene. Celebrating her single life, and expressing feelings of freedom and happiness, listeners will leave the album feeling happy for themselves, no matter where their life may stand. 

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Charlie Christensen
Charlie Christensen, Staff Reporter
Charlie Christensen is a senior at Ankeny High School. He is a part of marching band, concert band, jazz band, and golf. He plans to major in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in music at the University of Iowa. A fun fact about him is that his favorite NBA team is the Denver Nuggets.
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