As is the case with a handful of albums released in 2020, Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia was released at the start of the pandemic: March 27. However, this release date came earlier than planned. The album was leaked, which ultimately led to it being put out a week earlier than anticipated. This decision did not come lightly, however, and during an Instagram live, Lipa talked about feeling uncertain about the release because of the nature of the global pandemic.
“Don’t Start Now” was released October 31, 2019, as the album’s lead single. It made its way to the top three of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, her first song to do so. The second and third singles, “Physical” and “Break My Heart,” made it into the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart. “Hallucinate” and the remix of “Levitating” featuring DaBaby were released as the fourth and fifth singles, the latter earning Lipa her third top 10 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In August 2020, Lipa released the remix album Club Future Nostalgia, the French version of the album, in November 2020 and The Moonlight Edition in February 2021.
Before listening to this album, I had really only heard the singles off it and “New Rules” from Lipa’s first album. I ended up really enjoying the other songs, and I’m happy to have another good album to listen to. It’s very lively, and every song is unique in the story it tells. I was slightly worried I wouldn’t like it because it falls into the dance-/electro-pop genre, which isn’t my go-to style of music, but I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t feel the urge to skip any song and especially enjoyed the notes of female empowerment throughout. My summer playlists are going to get a bit of a refresh once I add some songs off this album to them; “Levitating” and “Boys Will Be Boys” are my top two songs, but I have nothing bad to say about the rest. My thoughts aside, here’s what my family said about Future Nostalgia:
Mom: I have heard a few of these songs but didn’t realize they were Dua Lipa. Overall, not bad. I don’t know if this is an accurate description, but it is almost a hybrid of ‘80s ballads and ‘90s dance music. Eight out of 10.
Dad: She’s got a few good beats in there. A little too pop-y for me. Seven out of 10.
Brother: They are pretty good jams. I would give it a 6.5 out of 10. If there was nothing else to listen to, I’m sure I could vibe to it.
Pop music with my family is always up in the air as to whether or not they’ll like it. However, I’m glad that they enjoyed this album. Hopefully, this is a sign that they will listen to more of it in the future, and it will result in some good reviews.
Tate Raub is a freshman studying strategic communication at Ohio University. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnists do not reflect those of The Post. Want to talk to Tate? Tweet her @tatertot1310.