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Lorde of the charts,
This review is from: Pure Heroine (Audio CD)
I first came across Lorde when on holiday in Iceland. We were driving cross-country, taking in the island's breathtaking scenery and tuning into local radio whenever we got signal. It would be a massive understatement to say Lorde's breakthrough hit 'Royals' was popular in Iceland; it was played at least ten times a day. I wasn't too sure about it to start with. Repeated plays endeared it to me and, after a week, I loved it.
By the end of the holiday, the refrain of 'we'll never be rooooyaaaaals' had become the anthem of the trip.
So when I got back to the UK I was interested to find out that the single had not been released. I also wanted to find out more about Lorde and was surprised to find out she was a precociously talented 16 year old New Zealander.
I decided to give Pure Heroine a spin and was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't just a holiday thing - there is a lot to like about this album and its creator. Pure Heroine is a very impressive breakout album. Royals is still a standout track but it is not the only hit - I also took immediately to Ribs and Buzzcut Season.
It is a stripped back, minimal, electronic but tuneful and accessible debut album. If you enjoyed Lana Del Rey's 'Born to Die' I think you'd enjoy this.
Sing the chorus one more time - I'm sure it will be played to death if Royals is as well received as it was in Iceland.