Radical Optimism [Silver Vinyl] [Barnes & Noble Exclusive]

Radical Optimism [Silver Vinyl] [Barnes & Noble Exclusive]

by Dua Lipa
Radical Optimism [Silver Vinyl] [Barnes & Noble Exclusive]

Radical Optimism [Silver Vinyl] [Barnes & Noble Exclusive]

by Dua Lipa

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record - B&N Exclusive Edition)

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After saving the pop world during a global pandemic with her landmark sophomore effort Future Nostalgia, settling into a different zone is more than reasonable for Dua Lipa. A big fan of Tame Impala's Currents, she teamed with Kevin Parker for her third album, Radical Optimism. More than just a reductive "Dua Impala" (or "Tame Lipa"?) formula, this is a seamless collaboration between artists having fun in the studio, where the mutual respect and input blur the borders of their usual territories. Compared to her previous work, Radical Optimism is comfortable in its looseness, a simple set of chilled-out, dance-pop bops that lightens the spirit ("These Walls," "French Exit") and gets the body moving (the sparkling "End of an Era" and the vocal showcase "Falling Forever") as Lipa processes solo life and emotional growth with her head held high. While not as immediate as its predecessor, Optimism is packed with truly insidious earworms that take a minute to sink in, but then refuse to release listeners, who will be humming "Houdini," "Illusion," and "Training Season" long after the album ends. Along with Parker and a team that includes Tobias Jesso, Jr., Caroline Ailin, and Danny L. Harle, she builds on Nostalgia's dancefloor throwbacks with new flourishes that take inspiration from, according to the singer, psychedelia, trip-hop, Brit-pop, and rave culture. For anyone who lived through those eras, the influence might not be apparent, but the spirit -- and Parker's trademark funky grooves and trippy explorations -- is welcome. As usual, every track of this blissfully concise 11-song LP could be a single, but the final run deserves attention for "Anything for Love" (which starts as a stark piano ballad before morphing into a playful Stevie Wonder-esque jam), the pounding, flute-kissed "Maria," and the uplifting showcase of post-breakup maturity "Happy for You," which comes closest to a '90s vibe with its electronica-tinged Y2K feel. An easygoing grower that digs deeper with each successive listen, Radical Optimism doesn't need to be Future Nostalgia 2.0; it's the sound of an artist enjoying life and exploring new directions as she continues to hone her craft. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

Product Details

Release Date: 05/03/2024
Label: Barnes Noble Consign
UPC: 5054197982057
Rank: 857


  1. End of an era
  2. Houdini
  3. Training Season
  4. These Walls
  5. Whatcha doing
  6. French Exit
  7. Illusion
  8. Falling forever
  9. Anything for love
  10. Maria
  11. Happy for you

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Performance Credits

Dua Lipa   Primary Artist
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