Saturday, August 24, 2013

Royals | Lorde

Rating: ★★★★★

Lorde, a relatively new singer-songwriter from New Zealand, has been extremely popular online for a while. After releasing an extended play, The Love Club EP, the Internet grabbed onto her immediately. Now she is catching the attention of the United States music charts with "Royals."

I've been aware of Lorde for a while now, but I just haven't gotten around to listening to "Royals" until now. In fact, I heard it on Sirius XM while driving home from work and listened out of curiosity. 

The lyrics in the song can seem really random at points, but they're really pretty. Some lines, like "I've never seen a diamond in the flesh / I cut my teeth on wedding rings in the movies," seem really illogical, while others make sense to a certain extent, such as "And we'll never be royals / It don't run in our blood / That kind of lux just ain't for us / We crave a different kind of buzz."

What surprises me the most is that Lorde seems very mature and wise, but she's actually younger than I am! I'm seventeen, while she is still sixteen. While listening to the song, the lyrics and the mature sound of her voice made me think that she was at least in her mid-twenties, so it was quite a shock when I read on Wikipedia that she was only sixteen.

I've heard only a few songs from Lorde, including "Royals" and "Tennis Court," but I like what I've heard thus far. Her debut album, Pure Heroine, is going to be released at the end of next month, and perhaps if I hear more material that I like, I might just have to pick it up.

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