Pure Heroine by Lorde
The world was taken by storm when Lorde emerged, the throaty, tough eyed heroine behind the summer smash hit of 2013, “Royals.” You might also know her as the agitated buzz behind The Hunger Games’s “Yellow Flicker Beat,” or the sullen muse at the center of “Tennis Court.” Lorde first debuted her voice after two EP’s, The Love Club EP and Tennis Court EP, Pure Heroine being her first full length album. A masterwork mix of sound, Lorde cements her place in the music industry as an unstoppable tour de force.
The rest, of course, is history. Toppling YouTube charts and heading an army of millions on Twitter, Lorde’s sheer celebrity and presence has exploded since the public discovered her raw, pulsing talent. But it isn’t just her personality that has captured the attention of thousands. Throughout Pure Heroine’s evolution of sound, Lorde’s singer-songwriting genius shines, intertwined with her taste for fresh, innovative beats. From the awning moans of “Ribs” to the sweet, ringing buzz of “White Teeth Teens,” her album feels all-encompassing, serene.
And while Lorde’s instrumentals are unparalleled, her voice is signature. She triumphs an impressive vocal range, sliding effortlessly between breathy choruses to lyrical whirlwinds that transform between songs. The entire album is decked with her ideals of regal glory. Every image, every story rises like her voice at the beginning of “Team.” Lorde also explores the themes of pride, prejudice, and a teenage obsession with death with profound novelty, abstractly unique in an age of overwhelming cliches.
Other notable songs from the album include “Buzzcut Season,” a kinetic dance of masterfully placed words; “Glory and Gore” is deep, dark, and threatening, with a taste for blood. Lorde’s flair for satire shines through the background haze, much like they do in “Still Sane,” a honest, slow charade to victory. And from the resounding sirens of “400 Lux” to the gloating “A World Alone,” it’s clear our heroine has arrived. All hail the queen. All hail the Lorde.