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Pure Heroine

By AnnAlise Barton

“We’re hollow like the bottles that we drink/we might be hollow but we’re brave, unlike you.” At sixteen-years-old, Lorde brings a maturity to the music scene far beyond her years and, frankly, unlike many of her contemporaries. Hitting the scene unexpectedly, this New Zealander shows herself to have fresh ideas and a new approach to writing “teenage-year” songs. With all ten tracks sharing the same cohesive sound trademarked in her commercial hit, “Royals” from her first EP. The texture and intricate layering of her own harmonies on tracks like “Ribs” shows that, although this is her freshman album, this young artist does not intend to be a one-hit-wonder. The haunting melody of “Glory and Gore” captures a sound most comparable to Florence and the Machine with an underlying rhythm of a modern rap song while musing at societies infatuation with violence (“Glory and gore go hand-in-hand/That’s why we’re making headlines.”)

The timbre of Lorde’s voice is dark, listenable, and all immersive as she muses on social and generational issues. From the opening line of the album (“Don’t you think that it’s boring how people talk?”) to the last line on the last track (“People are talking, let them talk.”), the young singer-songwriting brilliantly crafts her album in riddles and poetic form, taking the listener to a different world. Lorde’s world. The stand-out track on the album takes the finale, and longest spot, on Pure Heroine and provides an overview of her world. Dripping rich in her melodic “Ohs”, Lorde stands alone, the sole singer on the track with the murmur of a crowd in the background. People may keep talking, but Lorde can let them talk because, after this debut album, we have nothing but good things to say.

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