A little known New Zealand teen singer-songwriter named Lorde has recently risen to worldwide acclaim with her hit debut studio album Pure Heroine. This album can’t really be categorized into one genre, but is most close to alternative pop.
Pure Heroine has 10 songs, and all have differences, but are alike in that they feature many overlapping harmonies, electronic beats, and minimalist instrumentation. The album is haunting yet beautiful, simple but powerful, with thought-provoking lyrics that need to be deciphered. Pure Heroine is a breath of fresh air and brings originality to the monotony often present in the top charts.
Her songs can be interpreted in various ways, and have a different meaning to different people. Many of her songs, including “Royals” and “White Teeth Teens”, criticize mainstream culture. The track Royals was inspired by the many rap and pop songs which all sing about luxuries that don’t really exist and that teenagers can’t relate to. Lorde herself is a sixteen year old, although her age is hard to believe, considering the maturity of her lyrics, and the fact that she wrote Royals in half an hour. Her lyrical ability is akin to that of Ed Sheeran or Lana Del Rey, as her songs are very poetic, meaningful, and deep. Lorde’s expressive lyrics complement her unique voice perfectly, and combine to create an album that is original and never heard before.
Among my favorites from this album are “Team”, “A World Alone” and “Still Sane”. However, while the songs are all about different things, sometimes the instrumental background of the songs sound similar to each other, and I wish there was more variety in the style of her music. All in all, Pure Heroine is an amazing album and definitely deserves all the acclaim and attention that it has gotten. After listening to Pure Heroine, I am a fan of Lorde, and will have her album on repeat for a long time.