If the title of the album makes the bold statement that the records to come will come at the second release of this “female alpha” as a brand of high water, the Anglo-Kosovar singer has in fact managed to daringly mulch several decades of festive music in an album so relentless that it doubles as a playlist.
There are no boring ballads to curb the positive forward movement for women, just a scathing outro, Boys Will Be Boys, who mourns the girls’ rapid growth. The large, obvious nightclub and tropes of the 80s occupy an important place everywhere, especially on pre-album bangers like Don’t Start Now or Physical.
Elsewhere, aggressive bass lines weave their way in and bangs strike hard on Hallucinate, ruthless fiddles and cowbells ring. Best of all is the impeccably produced Please Please product, where Dua Lipa begs a lover to stay, as it slows the roar of his mind. His voice is dizzy and half rapped, then it slows down to become a sensual coo.