It’s been four years since a 16-year-old Lorde became the youngest artist ever to score a #1 Billboard hit. Her album Pure Heroine was a smart and resonant collection, all the more impressive when you took her age into account.
Two years ago she was the biggest thing in music, wasn’t she? Her debut album was the hottest record out there and she epitomized the smart millennial mindset that scoffed at superficiality while grooving to Beyoncé and Drake.
She was cool, weird, talented and on her way to super stardom before she even turned 18.
‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ – Lorde
Lorde dominated the pop music conversation in 2013 but remained largely off the radar last year.
That is, until she took the reins of the latest Hunger Games soundtrack and reminded everybody how awesome she can be with its first single, ‘Yellow Flicker Beat.’
It’s been more than a year since Lorde released her celebrated debut album, Pure Heroine, but there’s no rest for a modern-day pop star, so naturally everybody is wondering what the hell she’s done for us lately.
Well, there’s no telling when her next album will be out, but for now we have this excellent offering from the soundtrack to the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.
‘Team’ is a sister song to ‘Royals,’ with the same “we live in cities you’ll never see onscreen” message and disdain for hip-hop excess. Here she sums up that boredom with the great line, “I’m kind of over gettin’ told to throw my hands up in the air… so there.”
Lorde – ‘Tennis Court’
Truth be told, I would probably put ‘Royals’ in this spot, but, since you have already featured that one on your blog, I am going instead here with another major favorite.
I came to ‘Royals,’ like most people (other than you:-)), through radio play. But I came to discover ‘Tennis Court’ through my daughter’s obsession with Lorde and her purchase of the album (Thank you iCloud!).
New Zealand teen Lorde came out of nowhere to dominate the pop conversation in the latter third of 2013. Her debut album, Pure Heroine, was an unlikely smash, driven by minimalist beats, secret journal lyrics and smoky vocals.
First single ‘Royals’ was a deserving mega-hit — it’s perfectly crafted and executed — but it isn’t the best song on the album.