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"Sorrowland" is the third full length studio album by Melanie Martinez. It was released by Atlantic Records on October 21st, 2022 mainly through digital download, CD, cassette and vinyl. The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 album chart with 49,000 total copies sold in it is first week.

Melanie began working on the album's plot and tracks in 2020 and finished it in mid 2021. The album also features guest appearances of Nicole Dollanganger, Lana Del Rey, Elita Harkov and Grimes.

Melanie embarked on the Sorrowland Tour in the beggining of February of 2023 in support of the album. The Sorrowland Tour Part Two began in May of 2023 and ended in July of 2023. The third leg, titled the Sorrowland Fall Tour, began in September of 2023 and ended in October of 2023.

Background and Development

Melanie started thinking about the album's concept in mid-2019 and the following year she began writing some songs and reflect about the film visuals being inspired by the surrealist arts of Mark Ryden, Roby Dwi Antono, Marion Peck and Stephen Mackey. In 2020 she wrote the script for the film but she cannot go to the place where the recordings would be shoot due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so when everything got back to normal and the cases of the disease started to decrease, Melanie firstly returned with the K-12 tour and a few months after closing, she continued the project of her second film and third album.

After finishing the script of the film, Melanie started to focus on the album and according to herself the process was very long due to she would still need to write and record many songs besides that many of them could end up not entering the album, that according to her had a very specific theme. Melanie said she received a lot of support from her label in relation to the budget of the film but Melanie decided that this film would have more dialogues than songs, because according to herself, she wanted everything in the film to be well explained but still leaving loose ends for her next films.

She also revealed in a interview that album's aesthetic was inspired by another album with the same name by rapper Kogz, that let Melanie use the same aesthetic on her album. [1] Melanie said that the album's theme was inspired by a lot of things such as mythological creatures, books, nursery rhymes, fairy tales, etc.

The album was released on October 22nd. The CD was packaged as a storybook, with jewel case CDs available later. Both a picture disk and a standard black vinyl were also released. Cassettes were then released, advertised as being in black, white, and pink. There is also a less common blue cassette. All physical copies of the album are the standard explicit, with the deluxe and clean being digital exclusives. On TBA the album's release a Sorrowland's CD Exclusive was released containg remixes and demos instead of the original tracks and a hidden track with the same of the album that after two weeks later was oficially released on Melanie's Youtube channel.

On TBA a book named "Shooting Stars: Faded Constellations" was released containing the background stories of the Shooting Stars former members when they were alive.

Story

The album is set in a unsetting, mystical and limbo-like city called Sorrowland that Cry Baby, Ben and Angelita were sent by Lilith. Known as "the home of the forgotten", Lilith inform them that Sorrowland is the destination of those who have been totally forgotten by mortals before their deaths, and that Kelly would end up trapped there if not rescued in time. Then, Cry Baby and her friends enter the city, having the opportunity of not only changing their own lives, but also many others ones inside there.

Characters

Unlike Melanie's former albuns, Sorrowland featured much more characters on screen. Some of them are characters who have debuted and been identified, but hold no significant or recurring roles, as seen that not every of them has a significant appearances on the recurring tracks.

Bold: Characters that was featured in the film, but in no track.

Primary Characters

Secondary Characters

  • Miss Daphne
  • Mr. Cornwell
  • Miss Penelope
  • Detention Teacher
  • Johnny (featured in [[]])
  • Cricket King
  • Crick Chic
  • Bunny Boy
  • Eye Guy
  • Fleur
  • Celeste
  • Magnolia
  • Big Bad Wolf
  • Bus Driver
  • Unnamed Guards (featured in An Unwelcoming Land)
  • Unnamed Habitants (featured in An Unwelcoming Land)
  • Unnamed Audience People (featured in Berserk The Clown)
  • Unnamed Workers from Throath-Ripper Circus (featured in Berserk The Clown)

Locations

Singles

  • "Berserk The Clown" was released to digital and physical retailers through Atlantic Records on June 3rd, 2022, and served as the album's debut single. Melanie wrote the song with Nicole Dollanganger and CJ Baran, and it was produced by Baran.
  • "Bee-Having" was released as the album's second single on July 8th, 2022. Melanie wrote the song with Emily Warren and Grimes, and it was produced by Grimes.
  • "Porcelain Bodies" was released as the album's third single on August 11th, 2022. Melanie wrote the song with Nicole Dollanganger, and it was produced by Michael Keenan.
  • "Mirror Mirror" was released as the album's fourth and final single on September 22nd, 2022. Melanie wrote the song with Elita Harkov, and it was produced by Johnny K.

Tracklist

  • "*" = a song that has both explicit and clean versions.

Standard Edition

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "An Unwelcoming Land"* Melanie Martinez, Michael Keenan Keenan 2:29
2. "[[]]"* Martinez, CJ Baran Baran 2:28
3. "Blutschwur" Melanie Martinez, Kinetics & One Love Kinetics & One Love 2:56
4. "Porcelain Bodies" (featuring Nicole Dollanganger) Martinez, Dollanganger Keenan 3:14
5. "Berserk The Clown"* Martinez, Dollanganger, Baran Baran 3:08
6. "Itsy Bitchy Spider"* (featuring Lana Del Rey) Martinez, Del Rey Shellback 3:31
7. "Georgy Porgy"* Martinez, Keenan
Jeremy Dussoliet
Keenan 3:06
8. "Pinocchio's Nose"* Martinez, Elisa , Keenan Keenan 3:59
9. "Mirror Mirror"* (featuring Elita Harkov) Martinez, Elita Harkov Johnny K 3:52
10. "Bee-Having" Martinez, Emily Warren, Grimes Grimes 2:22
11. "End of the World"* Martinez, Dollanganger, SmarterChild SmarterChild 5:46

Deluxe and North American Edition (Bonus Tracks)

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
12. "That Coffee Shop" Martinez
Robopop
Robopop 3:28
13. "Saccharose Fluids" (featuring Grimes) Melanie Martinez, Claire Elise Michael Keenan
Grimes
4:14
14. "Wilted Flowers"* Melanie Martinez, Emily Warren Michael Keenan, One Love 3:11
15. "Chamomile Scars" Melanie Martinez, Emily Warren Michael Keenan, One Love 2:33

Target Exclusive Edition (Bonus Tracks)

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
16. "Park Bench"* Melanie Martinez, Keenan Michael Keenan
Grimes
3:38
17. "Summertime Embodiment" Melanie Martinez, Emily Warren Michael Keenan, One Love 4:36

Sorrowland's CD Exclusive (Hidden track)

No. Title Producer(s) Length
16. "Sorrowland" Grimes 3:41

Scrapped Songs

It is currently unknown how many songs were recorded for this album, but it is highly speculated that it would be around 40 or more.

Gallery

Trivia

  • This is Melanie's third visual album.
  • Melanie’s vocal range spans mainly E3-F#6 on the album.
  • Melanie's favorite song on the album is Berserk The Clown.
  • Both Nicole Dollanganger and Grimes favorite song in the album is Mirror Mirror.
  • In an interview with V Magazine, Lana del Rey's said that her favorite song from Sorrowland is Georgy Porgy.
    • This contradicts the claim that Itsy Bitchy Spider is her favorite track, early made in Sorrowland's-featured documentary.
  • Although Georgy Porgy and An Unwelcoming Land contains profanity and both have clean versions, both tracks are not officially listed as explicit on the standard version of the album.
  • End of the World is the longest song in this album, with the song length at 5 minutes and 46 seconds, and An Unwelcoming Land is the shortest song on the album, lasting for 2 minutes and 29 seconds.
  • The album's title is most likely named after a namesake book by Don Alexander. It is also speculated that the title is a satirical parody to the word "Wonderland" for obvious reasons.
  • On November 14th, 2022, Elonie Dogwatt, a Canadian-based teacher, began a spread of "exposeds" against Melanie Martinez and her music mainly on her Twitter and Facebook. The reason was because of the children's theme in Martinez's albums, which she described as "disgusting" and "dangerous for young public". She later included tracks from Sorrowland and the Play Date lyric video (which she described as an "romanticization of an abusive relationship") in that listing. On November 20th, 2022, she tweeted a statement threatening Martinez to sue her in the future.
  • On November 29th, 2022, Titanic Sinclair had accused Melanie Martinez of plagiarism and copyright infringement of a stand-alone single of him's, Hitman, apparently copied in "Berserk The Clown", from Sorrowland.

External Credits

Inspirations

References

  1. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_lkuMZ3ywnknPmGrpjU751tzS_44wbteaA
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