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Album Review

Signed to a major label at an early age, she was groomed in the darkness of studios, the label knowing the potential they had in their singer/songwriter. She wrote on her own, then she was paired with a sympathetic producer/songwriter, live performances taking a back seat to woodshedding. If this story in the early years of the 2010s brings to mind Lana Del Rey, it's no coincidence that it also applies to New Zealand singer/songwriter Lorde, whose 2013 debut, Pure Heroine, contains all of the stylized goth foreboding of LDR's Born to Die and almost none of the louche, languid glamour. This is not a small thing. Lana Del Rey is a self-created starlet willing herself into stardom but Lorde fancies herself a poet, churning away at the darker recesses of her soul. Some of this may be due to age. Lorde, as any pre-release review or portrait helpfully illustrated, was only 16 when she wrote and recorded Pure Heroine with producer Joel Little, and an adolescent aggrievance and angst certainly underpin the songs here. Lorde favors a tragic romanticism, an all-or-nothing melodrama that Little accentuates with his alternately moody and insistent productions. Where Lana Del Rey favors a studiously detached irony, Lorde pours it all out which, in itself, may be an act: her bedsit poetry is superficially more authentic but the music is certainly more pop, both in its construction — there are big hooks in the choruses and verses — and in the production, which accentuates a sad shimmer where everything is beautiful and broken. [Pure Heroine was also released on LP.]

Customer Reviews

First Impression of "Royals" I didn't like her, after hearing the album I like her.

I heard "ROYALS" on the radio and it really didn't do much for me at all. I also kept hearing all these comments about other celebrities she would say kinda trashing them, or being overly critical. It rubbed me the wrong way. I just recently listened to her album in full and was surprised to actually like many songs on it. "TEAM" "TENNIS COURT" "RIBS" "BRAVADO" "NO BETTER" SWINGIN PARTY" "WHITE TEETH TEENS" Really great album overall. I take back the negative things I said about her at first impression.

Worth it

Honestly if your thinking of buying this album do it. Every song is beautiful, and amazing. Gives me goosebumps. Perfection. <3

L'album de l'année 2013

De très loin le meilleur album de l'année! Tant de talent à un si jeune âge, c'est même un peu gênant pour les autres chanteuses.


Born: November 07, 1996 in Auckland, New Zealand

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '10s

Employing a stylish mix of arty, confessional bedroom pop and club-ready electro-rock that has drawn comparisons to the likes of Grimes, Lana Del Rey, and Sky Ferreira, New Zealand singer/songwriter Ella Yelich-O'Connor, who goes by the stage name Lorde, became an Internet sensation at the age of 16 with the video for her debut single, "Royals." Her 2013 debut EP, The Love Club, hit the number one spot on both the New Zealand and Australian charts. The New Zealander continued her meteoric rise to...
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