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EDITORS’ NOTES

Auckland-born singer/songwriter Ella Yelich-O’Connor chose the name Lorde to evoke an “aristocratic title,” and there’s an undoubted majesty—a regal swoop—to this, her pitch-perfect debut record. “Royals” helps, of course. But Pure Heroine’s breakout single, a nitro-cold rejection of music-video flashiness atop a neck-snapping beat, is matched at each turn by everything from the whumping clarion call of “Team” to the tinkling tropical pop of “Buzzcut Season.” Precocious, controlled, and blazingly original.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Auckland-born singer/songwriter Ella Yelich-O’Connor chose the name Lorde to evoke an “aristocratic title,” and there’s an undoubted majesty—a regal swoop—to this, her pitch-perfect debut record. “Royals” helps, of course. But Pure Heroine’s breakout single, a nitro-cold rejection of music-video flashiness atop a neck-snapping beat, is matched at each turn by everything from the whumping clarion call of “Team” to the tinkling tropical pop of “Buzzcut Season.” Precocious, controlled, and blazingly original.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
591 Ratings
591 Ratings
marks101 ,

Insanely Good

I went and saw Lorde live at Vector Arena last night, where she perfomed a lot of songs from this album, and I am lost for words. It is PERFECTION. She is so talented, love her! She makes me proud to be a Kiwi.

GO Kiwi Music ,

Gonna Be Good!

So Excited for this album! being a kiwi its super cool to have an artist whos know wolrd wide! Selena Gomez, Emma waston and Nina Dobrev are already talking about her music! wow such huge names, shes gonna be so big! Can't wait till she wins her first grammy becuase you know its gonna happen! you go Lorde! This album is gonna be sick! so buy it

lordemusic ,

Heard it last night live at Vector Arena

Solid album. Great mix of deep beats, amazing vocals, and just covering a wide range of music in one album. I truly believe that Royals and Tennis Court will be the weakest songs on this album, not because they are overplayed (and rightly so - they're great!) but because the rest of this album, from what I heard last night, is magical. Proud to be from the same city as this talented lady, and still baffled she's 16.

About Lorde

Where previous generations of teenagers frequently had to endure middle-aged marketing managers’ ideas of what entertainment should look like, millennial teens were #blessed with one of pop culture’s greatest young laureates: New Zealand’s Ella Yelich-O’Connor, a.k.a. Lorde. After being spotted at a talent show and signing to Universal at age 12, she quickly chewed through a series of writing partners until she met Joel Little, a fellow Auckland native and former pop-punk frontman. Together, they wrote “Royals,” a song that not only defined her perspective—with its unimpressed, teenage dismissal of material obsessions—but also propelled her skeletal electro-pop debut, 2013’s Pure Heroine, to a Grammy nomination. She captured the late-night trains home, clandestine kisses, and heavy symbolism of your first love remembering to buy your favorite juice—little of which, she seemed to know, lasts. But Lorde’s feel for suburban adolescent disconnect catalyzed into precocious power moves—such as curating the soundtrack for the third Hunger Games movie—and an astute lens on the wider world on 2017’s Melodrama. Richer in sound and experience, the album found strength in different kinds of isolation: the temporary plight of the newly heartbroken and the lifelong fate of the writer.

HOMETOWN
Auckland, New Zealand
BORN
07 November 1996

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