10 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

At just 16 years old, New Zealand pop singer Ella Yelich-O’Connor—d.b.a. Lorde—captured the top of the pop charts with the smart and wise-beyond-her-years single “Royals,” where she trashes modern pop and hip-hop’s obsession with materialism in favor of a world of love, friendship, and ideas. It’s the best Morrissey song he never wrote. Her earlier The Love Club EP primed audiences for what they’d be hearing, but nothing could prepare one for the actual excitement of her debut album’s best cuts. Lorde’s co-conspirator/producer/writer Joel Little ensures that songs like “Tennis Court,” “Ribs," and “Buzzcut Season” never lose their way. This is sharp, inspired pop music that knows how much fun it can be to play up to type and then spin things on their heads for a new conclusion.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

At just 16 years old, New Zealand pop singer Ella Yelich-O’Connor—d.b.a. Lorde—captured the top of the pop charts with the smart and wise-beyond-her-years single “Royals,” where she trashes modern pop and hip-hop’s obsession with materialism in favor of a world of love, friendship, and ideas. It’s the best Morrissey song he never wrote. Her earlier The Love Club EP primed audiences for what they’d be hearing, but nothing could prepare one for the actual excitement of her debut album’s best cuts. Lorde’s co-conspirator/producer/writer Joel Little ensures that songs like “Tennis Court,” “Ribs," and “Buzzcut Season” never lose their way. This is sharp, inspired pop music that knows how much fun it can be to play up to type and then spin things on their heads for a new conclusion.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
12.4K Ratings

12.4K Ratings

Broken Headphones ,

WHERE HAS THIS GIRL BEEN?!

Lorde is one of those quirky, unique, and brilliantly subversive young artists that come around every few years to blow us away with their raw talent and incredible musical passion. At just 16 years old, the New Zealand native has already found some surprising success in "Royals," an irresistibly moody and majorly relevant anti-fame anthem that's literally unlike anything ever featured on mainstream radio. It's clear that this girl wants to bring music back in a way that's personal and real (not artificial and manufactured). And that's exactly the kind of quality she delivers on terrific songs like "Ribs" and "Tennis Court." But my favorite track of hers thus far has got to be "Team," a melodically gorgeous pop production with a minimalist beat, gleaming synths, and wise-beyond-her-years lyricism. This is seriously the kind of fresh, unmistakable talent that truly shouldn't be left ignored, and I'm so glad that it hasn't. Lorde is an incredible diamond in the rough in an industry crowded with generic pop stars and redundant club tunes, and I just know that her highly anticipated debut, "Pure Heroine," will easily end up standing out as one of the year's best albums. Just you watch.

roundpaper ,

Something fresh finally

Nice to finally hear some meaningful lyrics. Can't stand the stuff that's being churned out in the US nowadays. Good work Lorde.

baumaustinman97 ,

Love

The only problem is that I pre-ordered and never got team:(

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