Taking the world by storm and achieving universal success with Royals, this sixteen-year-old Kiwi is not to be underestimated. No.
Lorde's Pure Heroine has been critically acclaimed, and undoubtedly so, with pop-alternative fused tracks that seamlessly blends with the theme of the album, and something that not all grounded sixteeen-year-old musicians will do. To see your first debut single achieve chart success around the world and to be appreciated by fans and other artists alike, Lorde could be on the way to almost undeniable stardom. Maybe, she already has.
Let's talk a little about the singles that made this album so unique, sophisticating and intriguing. Royals, the first single and one of the few amazing songs to be released this year, tells a lot about the album in general and the artist-in-making of which is Lorde. Such subtle, yet unhurried lyrics that evokes thoughts puts other artists of the same age to shame. In fact, all of the songs on the album except for the album's opening track Tennis Court, was single-handedly written by Lorde herself. Now that is something truly immaculate and really outstanding, and that is solely due to the fact Lorde had the time and space to work on the album to really reach the apex and prime that it is now.
The songs on the album really have a diverse range of topics to talk about, at the same time with a powerful vocal range and the harmonizing melodies that revolves around each song brings about something that hasn't really been talked about in a few years. Each song is so special and unique, yet oppressively vibrant and very focused. This makes Lorde's tracks seemingly understanding and at the same time captures you in ways unimaginable.
Tennis Court boasts a hugely redeeming chorus, sprung into a lyrical expertise brought by Lorde, with the 'yeahs' able to lead it without falling off the wheel. 400 Lux and Royals features great drums albeit technologically improvised, but the impression that she has given so far has not waned, and Royals definitely is the apex of the entire album. 400 Lux feels relaxed and not frantic, something that the album also has been clinging onto and so wonderfully she has done that you don't feel all out of position, but rather immersed into the attention. Royals is beautiful, and that is all that it really is to say. Straight after the single comes Ribs and Buzzcut Season, which is well-received by fans alike. The songs takes you back to the 400 Lux sensation, the calming mood steps in and seems to reinvigorate rather than dissipate. Team, once again marking another lyrical diverse track bursts well and effortlessly. Lorde's vocals on this track is one of the highlights of the album for sure.
And comes the last four tracks. Glory And Gore is self-aware, with the chorus 'glory and gore go hand-in-hand; that's why we're making headlines' doesn't necessarily make Grand Theft Auto headlines, even though a billion dollar in 3 days does. Still Sane features once again prowess in songwriting, and feels very sing-along like. White Teeth Teens is just impeccable. Everything about this song stands out and above shoulders than most of the tracks entirely on the album. Then comes the closer, A World Alone, which is almost 5 minutes long. To say this album is the best is really true, but whatever works on the album, certainly has been carried as far as we have for the tenth song on the album.
All in all, Pure Heroine is a fantastic craft, working in all directions and crushes other competitors in the alternative genre. Yes, there is Lana Del Ray, but are we kidding ourselves when we say Lorde is not a true artist? Nope. Alternative is here to stay and this album shows that even if you're a sixteen year old, you can still do what most artists in their 20's could do. And do it better.
9.5/10: This album is just a huge ton of amazing mess stacked upon each other. What a breakthrough album for the New Zealand star, and expect more in the future. Check back at the end of the year to see if this album will be included in the top 10 albums of 2013. I suppose so.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.