Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” Review
With only an EP, Love Club, under her belt, Ella Yelich-O’Connor hypnotizes the world with her first album Pure Heroine as Lorde. Released on September 27th, just six weeks before her 17th birthday, the album is currently nuzzled in the top ten and had a brief appearance at number one.
Most of you are familiar with Lorde’s number one hit, “Royals”, but it is time to introduce you to her equally catchy tunes off of her alternative pop album.
One of the most popular songs off of this debut album, “Tennis Courts”, exposes the idea of growing up too fast in the modern world. “We’re so happy even when we’re smiling out of fear.” Being 16 herself, she knows what is like having to play an adult role as a teen. I highly recommend this to anyone who needs to just slow down for a second. I also recommend checking out this music video. It is her mouthing “yeah”, her piercing eyes looking right at you, and her swaying to the music. She is just so cool.
Cue the sirens, bring in the bass and then top it off with Lorde’s sultry voice. This song is something I would listen to while laying in bed, maybe in a slightly blue mood, and just listen to the lyrics. It is not one of her most complicated songs, with her repeated verses, and easy beats, but it is a comforting love song.
The summer anthem and current world obsession, “Royals” put Lorde on her pop throne. She pokes fun at the over glamorized life pop culture consistently promotes. Lorde sings about what it feels like to be a normal teen growing up around these over-glamorized songs. “But everybody’s like Crystal, Maybach, diamonds on your time piece. Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash. We don’t care, we aren’t caught up in your love affair.”
She creates two worlds, there is “everybody” who is obsessed with material possessions and money, and “we”, the kids who do not need any of it because they, “crave a different kind of buzz.” Lorde makes it cool to not be in this high profile lifestyle, an idea completely opposite to most pop songs you hear on the radio today.
In this song, Lorde’s voice starts off sounding tired, stressed and gradually becomes a little more frantic. As the song goes on, Lorde addresses more grown up ideas while feeling alone and scared. “This dream isn’t feeling sweet. We’re reeling through the midnight streets. And I’ve never felt more alone. It feels so scary getting old.”
Throughout the song, Lorde reminisces and refers to childhood events that she may have missed out on. I recommend listening to this song with your best friend, while screaming the lyrics back and forth, mimicking her call and response style.
Once again, Lorde addresses what it is like to live as a teen in an over-glamorized pop obsessed world. She sings about what it is like to only be able to pretend to live in the high society world, “Play along (make believe, it’s hyper real). But I live in a hologram with you.” Lorde describes what it is like to be the ones who can only dream, versus those who sit besides the pool.
Glory and Gore
I love dancing to this song, it is so empowering. “You could try and take us (oh-oh). But we’re the gladiators (Oh! Oh!) Everyone a rager (oh-oh).” Immediately when the song starts Lorde sets up the scene of teens vs. what society expects them to be. I suggest this song if you are feeling rebellious or need an extra push towards fighting to be yourself.
In consistency with the rest of her album, Lorde sings about growing up too fast and having to embrace it. This song, once again, makes you forget that she is just 16 and growing up in an adult music world. “All work and no play… All business all day.”
White Teeth Teens
I love this song. Too often society promotes those perfect teen idols that truthfully, are not doing much for that generation. Not everyone is perfect, and not everyone is a “White Teeth Teen”. I recommend watching Lorde’s live version of this that she performed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. It is amazing.
A World Alone
The longest song on her album, Lorde gives us a peek into her life. She sings about her haters, fake friends and those she can count on. Lorde reminds us that just because people talk does not mean we should let it get to us. “Let ’em talk ’cause we’re dancing in this world alone, world alone, we’re all alone.”
This is my favorite song off the album. I like to listen to this pretty much whenever. “Team” is just a feel good song. Once you hear the chorus, it is hard not to fall in love. “We live in cities you’ll never see on screen. Not very pretty, but we sure know how to run free. Living in ruins of the palace within my dreams. And you know, we’re on each other’s team.”
She makes it okay to be a misfit and a dreamer, because we are not alone. Lorde also pokes fun at some clichés that a lot of pop songs highlight today by singing, “I’m kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air, so there.” She is not your typical auto-tuned, pop glamour, preaching princess.