Pure Heroine
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Pure Heroine

September 30, 2013

Song Title
Tennis Court
400 Lux
Buzzcut Season
Glory And Gore
Still Sane
White Teeth Teens
A World Alone

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  • Label: Lava Music / Republic Records
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  • Total Length: 37:08
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (562 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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201 of 217 people found the following review helpful
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Two things first: the majority of songs on this album don't come anywhere close to the radio friendliness of "Royals" and this album is most certainly a grower instead of an immediate sugar rush. Best advice--find these songs on YouTube or elsewhere and really listen before you decide whether or not buying the entire album is for you. You will be disappointed if you're expecting 10 songs similar to "Royals", but if you keep an open mind then I think you can really experience something special.

Much has been made of New Zealand's 16 year old Ella Yelich-O'Connor's skyrocket ascension into the top of the charts--but when it comes right down to it--all I'm concerned about is whether she delivers. And I think she does--not in the way I was expecting, but in a way that makes me incredibly excited about her future and solidifies her as more than a one trick pony in my book. Lyrically Ella is both wise beyond her years as well as still a teenager, constantly walking a tricky balance of keen life observations mixed with insecurity and idealism.

This album is extremely cohesive both thematically and musically, relying on minimal electronic pulses and a bass line that that grounds the entire album but never takes the forefront. This enables Ella to basically do whatever she feels like with the melody and use her own voice in layers and loops to become another instrument. Ella stays comfortably in her hypnotic lower register for the most part and paired with the stark and aloof beats makes this album sound different from every mainstream young pop starlet.

But unfortunately, it means a few songs towards the middle all sound similar by lacking either a buildup or any special sound to really differentiate them.
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99 of 113 people found the following review helpful
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The short answer is...buy the album.

Yes, the song Royals hit #1 on the charts and Lorde is the first solo female to top the alternative song's chart in 17 years. But let's focus on the rest of the album... Most critics are giving it strong reviews, and Billboard ranked it 94/100. Why? She writes intelligent lyrics, has a good voice, and has music that has a presence. More importantly, she is authentic.

Casual listeners will like the song Team, which will be her next top hit. It is a great song with lyrics like. "I'm kinda over getting told to throw my hands up in the air... ...I'm kinda older when I reveled without a care..." that will play in your head long after the song ends. The songs Tennis Court, Ribs and White Teeth Teens will also likely be in heavy rotation.

I agree that some songs will take a few listens. The three I have on repeat now are Glory and Gore, 400 Lux and A World Alone, but give them a few listens and they may become your favorites. For me, this is my favorite album of the year so far.

As an aside, I was fortunate to see her Seattle concert last weekend. It was an amazing show. She came out in "stage mode," serious and slightly mysterious. However, she was greeted with such an enthusiastic crowd reaction, and these were true fans that were singing along with every song, that then she revealed her surprise, slight embarrassment and delight. She was genuine. It was a great moment to see. And I look forward to many more albums from her!

People who liked this may also like.... My Pandora Lorde station played songs from Lights and Purity Ring that you may want to check out.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the most down-to-earth modern music out there. January 9, 2014
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A delightfully simple record, Lorde's debut album Pure Heroine is driven solely by her voice, a beat, and light synth tones. Lorde's album comes straight from the heart; her songs explore various themes and aspects of small-town adolescence that are relatable to many young people. Her perspective is genuine and realistic, which portrays her like a long-time friend one is beckoned to listen to and not a celebrity looking for some dough.

“Royals” and “Buzzcut Season” exhibit a youthful spirit by promoting friendship and one’s imagination. Lorde advocates that fame shouldn’t influence one’s sense of enjoyment and one can live out their fantasies even if they’re just make-believe. “Ribs” and “White Teeth Teens” explore newfound adolescent feelings of solitude, lust, fear, and self-reflection, revealing Lorde’s cautious yet hopeful nature. “Team” sounds melancholy as Lorde croons about living in an unknown town, depression, and ruined dreams as she’s getting tired of being told to “put [her] hands up in the air, so there.” However, the song captures the essence of friendship and always having someone’s back during good and bad times, establishing the aforementioned team. “Still Sane” demonstrates Lorde’s persistence and optimism; she encounters “bruises” when she slips up, but she doesn’t give in and reminds listeners that, “only bad people live to see their likeness set in stone” because one’s work never truly stops.

There’s a risk that a simple album like this can end up with being that all the songs sound the same. This is untrue for Pure Heroine. Lorde establishes different foci for each song while maintaining the bigger picture of youth and dreams.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars new hero !
the new generation hero is a 17 year old girl ! lets see were it goes...the future will say soon.
Published 2 days ago by FAUSTO CHERMONT
3.0 out of 5 stars So few songs??!!
Only a few songs disappointing and some of the same songs as on the love cd ??? :( could hve bought the love club or pure heroin not both!
Published 2 days ago by carol eglsaer
3.0 out of 5 stars Get's boring after a while.
When I first heard the music on the radio, it sounded unique. So I bought the CD. Now we hear the music EVERYWHERE, after a while it gets annoying and boring. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Liberty USA
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving the Lorde.
Guess what? I am 57 years old and I love this CD. This CD is in heavy rotation in my car, my home stereo and on my iPod. Read more
Published 3 days ago by J.P. Stockton
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised!
I had first heard the song 'Royals' in passing. I think I was at my brother-in-law's house and he had a playlist going. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Kevin Brearey
5.0 out of 5 stars great vinyl
kind of an instant classic basically every song is good and the vinyl makes it better sounds crisp and clear
Published 3 days ago by timothy baylous
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Bought this CD for just one of her songs and ended up liking the whole thing. Has a laid back feeling to it which is nice after work on the long drive home. :-)
Published 3 days ago by Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars What an awesome album!!
I don't really listen to this kind of music (female solo artists) but this CD is really really good. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Victor Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I bought this CD on a whim having only heard Lorde's popular song 'Royals.' I do really like the other songs on this CD. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Veronica V.
5.0 out of 5 stars great sound, great lyrics, great album
This album captures the spirit of a new sound with some throwback beats. It is edgy, rebellious, and full of energy.
Published 5 days ago by tdamicone
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