Samantha Greaves – 1851 Staff
With her soulful, enigmatic voice that is comparable to popular artists such as Adele, Lana Del Rey, and Sky Ferreira, and a single that has consecutively held a steady spot at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 100 chart for Pop Music, it is hard to believe that New Zealander, Ella Yelich O’Connor, who goes by the stage name, Lorde is only 17-years-old. Her debut album, “Pure Heroine,” was released September 30th in the U.S., making Lorde an international sensation.
Lorde’s self-written lyrics take a poetic jab to the mainstream misconceptions of what true beauty is. In the album’s first single “Royals,” which continues to remain at No. 2 on the iTunes best seller list, she writes about how she doesn’t need an abundance of wealth to be happy. She states in the song’s upbeat chorus, “That kind of lux just ain’t for us / we crave a different kind of buzz.”
Lyrics from the song also say, “Life is great without a care / we aren’t caught up in your love affair.” There is a reoccurring snap that plays through the song’s entirety and enhances its melodic beat. The continuous snapping makes the song feel as though it is her way of telling off any materialistic yuppie that is trying to mess with her fervent vibe.
The second song on the album, “400 Lux,” is an interesting blend of techno and pop wrapped up in lyrics, possessing a calming, spoken word feeling to them.
“Team,” the sixth song on the album starts off with an eerie yet captivating cold intro that consists of only her voice. In this song, she speaks about poor neighborhoods that are not recognized by high society. There is a harmonious clapping featured in the background with a techno-pop beat blaring pleasantly along it.
One negative aspect of the album is all of the songs included on the album begin with a different and exciting new melody, but following the first verse each song ends up having a similar techno-pop beat. This could lead the album to become monotonous. For this album however, the positives definitely outweigh the negatives. In the midst of the rising popularity of her debut album, Lorde is definitely ruling the nation’s charts.