Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia

Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia



4.2/5 Pros

  • Very straight and good album
  • Will lead to a couple of good radio hits
  • Nice variety of sounds Cons

  • The debut album is slightly better

That’s Flyctory music review life: after having reviewed of upcoming country music artist Ingrid Andress and bluegrass legend Jim Lauderdale as well as one-hit wonder Vanessa Carlton, the last planned album review of 27th March 2020 is nobody else but Dua Lipa. The pop musician released her second studio album Future Nostalgia on that Friday.


Dua Lipa – About The Artist

Dua Lipa was born in London on 22th August 1995. Her stage name is no alias – her parents are Dukagjin and Anese Lipa, who have Kosovo roots but listed in the UK since 1992. Dua Lipa first attended a theater school in London, before moving back to Kosovo in 2006, where she studied on and also got in contact with hip hop. As a teenager, she started posting cover versions of her favorite songs on YouTube, before moving back to London at the age of 15 to improve her singing skills. In 2015, she signed at warner, which also lead to her first single New Love released in October 2015. While this single (as well as the third one, Last Dance) did not make it to the charts, her second single boosted her career. Be The One was a great success, for example topping the charts in Belgium, Poland and Slovakia. This song has about 430 million views on YouTube at the time of writing.

Overall, her 2017 debut album Dua Lipa featured several tracks, which made it to the top 10 of some markets, e.g. Scared to Be Lonely, New Rules, IDGAF or a recording with Calvin Harris, One Kiss. The first single of Future Nostalgia, which is her second album, lead to several Top 3 positions in major music markets.


Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia – Track by Track

The album contains eleven songs, which have a 37 minute playtime.

1. Future Nostalgia

The album starts with its title track. Especially in the first twenty second, you feel a lot of hip hop influence, before the song more turns into a pop / dance track – not my favored genre of music, but I have to say that Dua Lipa’s music feels to make me smile.

2. Don’t Start Now

Hard to say anything against a track, which had that much success at the end of 2019. Don’t Start Now is a straight dance production – though I for example like Future Nostalgia more.

3. Cool

Got me losing all my cool
‘Cause I’m burning up on you
In control of what I do
And I love the way you move
Got the heat and the thrill
Give you more than any pill
Never running out of juice
When its only me and you
You got me, you got me losing all my cool
I guess we’re ready for the summer

Even if Dua Lipa is having a slower track like Cool, it is rather rhythmic. I have to admit that the keyboard / synthesizer melody reminds me a bit of the 1980’s.  Another track with some undeniable hip hop influence.

4. Physical

Let’s get physical is quite an obvious and clear message. Thus Amazon shows the good old [Explicit] marker behind this song.

All night I’ll riot with you
I know you got my back and you know I got you
So come on, come on, come on
Let’s get physical
Lights out, follow the noise
Baby keep on dancing like you ain’t got a choice
So come on, come on, come on
Let’s get physical

Though it could be even more straight, I guess.

5. Levitating

The song has a lot of electric assistance on the melodic side. Overall, a very rhythmic track, which is having quite its own character due to the sound it is creating. Definitely worth a smile.

6. Pretty Please

Pretty Please has a bit of more of a sad mood atmosphere. The sound is a bit damped, so that the arrangement and production creates a very individual sound here.

7. Hallucinate

Pocket full of honey and I’m ready to go
No, I ain’t got no money but I’m letting you know
That I’ma love you like a fool
Breathe you in, till I hallucinate (Mm, mm)
Body make you silly, make you do what I want
Oh, baby, I can make it pretty, I could string you along
But I’ma love you like a fool
Breathe you in, till I hallucinate (Mm, mm)

Dua Lipa might not become close to the Nobel Price for Literature, but one thing I like about her songs on this album is that they have comparably complex lyrics and even tell a story – not dumb beat bashing. Hallucinate is a nice example for that.

8. Love Again

You just have to listen to this track, I feel – hard to imagine that this is a Dua Lipa track, especially towards the beginning. Very melodic one. I love that unusual sound.

9. Break My Heart

After that successful musical excursion, Break My Heart is again a very classic Dua Lipa song. Enjoyable to listen to, even though this track is not my favorite one.

10. Good in Bed

I better not quote the lyrics of that song – the general topic is likely quite clear. The song is a good one, I like the beat sections with slower passages in between.

11. Boys Will Be Boys

The final track of Future Nostalgia is a rather slow track, which is quite concentrated on Dua Lipa’s voice, but is having not that much of a beat like most other songs of the album. Nice final.


Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia – Spotify

Here is the Spotify widget for Future Nostalgia


Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia – My View

I felt that Dua Lipa’s self-titled debut was slightly better than Future Nostalgia, but this new album is definitely worth a listen. It was very close to make to my Top Pick! Olymp – overall, I felt some songs were sightly too weak for that. Nevertheless, these eleven songs overall feel a really good compilation of songs – some of them are even showcasing some really surprising sound of the British artist.


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