Lorde's 'Pure Heroine' Triggers An Addiction

By Charlotte Gibson on October 10, 2013

At the mere age of 16, New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde captures what it means to be floating around life, going through the daily motions, and waiting for life to actually begin in her debut album Pure Heroine.
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Pure Heroine proves highly addictive due to its ability to command the attention of the general public that still experiences moments of teenage angst and panic, even past their “teenage” years. Despite her young age, Lorde's soulful, moody sound demonstrates a refreshing change in mainstream music that mimics the likings of Lana Del Rey, Adele, and Amy Winehouse. Not to mention, Lorde's lyrics steer clear from the repetitive club-inspired chants and exhaustive electronic sounds from today's top hits.

After catching everyone's attention from her first single “Royals” over the summer, Lorde communicates a realistic and relatable message that many teenagers and twenty-something-year-olds can relate to without feeling bombarded with chatter and unnecessary explicits. Although Lorde is barely old enough to attend most of her concert venues without a parent guardian present, the singer-songwriter is uncannily self-aware and honest in the release of her debut album Pure Heroine.  And as a result, the album has become an instant-obsession amongst many twenty-something-year olds that aren't quite ready to abort their childhood and innocence for the real world.

Lorde's debut album demands a reality-check within today's youth and a haunting envy within each unique song. From songs like “Tennis Court” and “Team,” Lorde immortalizes everyday obsessions, desires, and fears complimented with visual concepts in two shout-out, breakout anthems. Whereas, her song “Rib” illustrates the simple truths of growing up: “And I've never felt more alone/ It feels so scary getting old.”  In its entirety, Pure Heroine embodies a genuine, raw presence that can be translated to anyone experiencing moments of transition, transformation, and evolution within their life.

Throughout the album, Lorde captivates the listener by sparking a candid, wistful homage to the teen years.   Whether it be graduating college, applying for a job, or simply breaking up a relationship, Lorde's Pure Heroine taps into today's youth without being invasive and hyper-sensitive.  As a result, Pure Heroine is addictive, powerful, and an uncanny reminder of what it is like to be young, carefree, afraid, and accepted.

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