Album Review: Lorde’s ‘Pure Heroine’

Amanda Meyer

Pop music’s newest rising artist is not your typical pop star.

Lorde, a 16-year-old New Zealand singer, took the U.S. by storm with her smash hit “Royals” in summer 2013. The song preaches about the ignorance within fame, wealth and pop music in general, which is ironic as it quickly rose to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 100.

“Royals” is one of the tracks on Lorde’s debut album, “Pure Heroine,” which came out in the U.S. on Sept. 30. The album features two familiar songs:  “Royals” and “Tennis Court,” the opening track which dropped as a single in June.

Each song on the album reflects the style Lorde had earlier presented us with on her “Love Club” EP, and fans of the EP will love “Pure Heroine.”  The unique thing about this album is that musically the songs resemble the same structure as typical pop music. 

Lyrically though, Lorde’s words reach far deeper than many of today’s pop divas.  She is well aware and even acknowledges the fact that she is very new to the industry in her song “Still Sane,” in which she proclaims “I’m little, but I’m coming for the crown.”

Each song is equally as catchy and pleasing, but the album is not as upbeat as the EP which is slightly disappointing. But there are a few songs that offer faster tempos and more uplifting tones, including “400 Lux” and the closing track, “A World Alone.”

The album is almost an extension of “Royals,” as each song seems to branch from the idea of criticizing modern society and pop culture.

The common themes within the album seem to be a fascination with “how people talk,” living a carefree lifestyle and making jabs at today’s pop music in general. 

One of the best lines on the album comes from the song “Team,” in which Lorde sings: “I’m kind of tired of getting told to throw my hands up in the air, so there.”

The only downfall of the album is the fact that the songs are very musically similar to the average listener, so people who are not Lorde fans who purchase and listen to the album might get bored half way through the album. On the other hand, people who fell in love with Lorde after “Royals” and the “Love Club” EP should be pleased for the most part.

Lorde’s voice and unusual style is refreshing and very pleasing on the album.