Lorde released her first new music in four years, ‘Solar Power’. Her third album, Solar Power, is out August 20th. Now is the perfect time to reflect on Lorde’s career so far.
Lorde’s debut album, Pure Heroine (2013), set the tone for music for the 2010’s. Written from a suburban teen point of view that was analytical and catchy at the same time. The lead single, ‘Royals’ was a major success and even to this day, it’s most likely the first song you would think of. That same mindset applies to ‘Tennis Court’.
Lorde was featured on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) soundtrack with a fitting cover of Tears For Fears ‘Everyone Wants To Rule The World’. Lorde curated the next soundtrack, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014). Besides overseeing the album’s content, she recorded four songs. The lead single, ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
Lorde’s sophomore album, Melodrama (2017), brought Lorde’s impressive musical talent into a new light. The lead single ‘Green Light’ became another hit for Lorde and became the backbone to Melodrama. There’s a maturity within the songs, from a personal perspective of going through a breakup and leaving her teen years. That personal growth is reflected in the lyrics. Then there’s the other element of learning new instruments and shifting to a first person narrative. All of this made Melodrama one of the best pop introspective albums of the 2010s.
At a young age, Lorde’s sound was like no other. She set the tone for music trends for the 2010s and even to this day with current artists. Lorde was the start of going against what is expected of a teen pop star. It’s interesting to think about…without Lorde, what would music sound like today?
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