At just age 16, Lorde, is already gracing Billboard’s “Hot 100” at the casual position of number one. With her Love Club EP nearly a year old and “Royals” a bonafide anthem, Ella Yelich-O’Connor finally released her first full-length album, titled Pure Heroine, last week. This pop artist has writing credits on every track on the album and she’s clearly aimed with to capture the essence of being a teenager through her lyrics.
The same minimal beat moves cohesively through all ten songs, echoing dark lyrics, such as the ones in the opening track, “Tennis Court.” Here she narrates the space between reality and what we post online (“It’s a new art form showing people how little we care”), while “Royals” depicts the disconnect between the luxurious hip hop life and those who merely dream of it. The album continues with “Ribs,” which practically pulsates with its contrasting jovial and lonely tones and fearful lyrics about getting older.
With so much success in just the past year, it is just a matter of time until more of Pure Heroine is playing on the radio and Lorde receives the fame she lyricizes in her song, “Still Sane.” Contrasting her signature humbleness with burgeoning confidence, she sings, “I’m little but I’m coming for the title held by everyone who’s up.” Already gunning for Grammys with your debut, Lorde? I can dig it.