- On the day Melodrama dropped, she did a puzzle.
- She doesn't play any instruments: “I’m hyper-musical, but I don’t really play anything,” she says. “I write the songs with different chords because I know exactly what I want chord-wise, and then I sing out the chords. I’m very musical, just not in the traditional way, I guess.”
- With Melodrama, she and Jack Antonoff wanted to start completely from scratch, as if Pure Heroine hadn't happened.
- She struggled to temper her opinions: “There were times when Jack would be like, ‘Just give me a second; don’t shoot this down straight away’ and I was occasionally surprised, which was nice.”
- The writer compares Melodrama to Witness, as two pop albums that were received very differently.
- On pop music: “It’s about distilling emotions down to their sleekest, shiniest and simplest form,” she says. “And if you do that successfully, it’s like shooting up the cleanest drug imaginable. It’s not cut with anything; it’s so simple it just goes straight to your brain.”