10 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Auckland-born singer/songwriter Ella Yelich-O’Connor chose the name Lorde to evoke an “aristocratic title,” and there’s an undoubted majesty—a regal swoop—to this, her pitch-perfect debut record. “Royals” helps, of course. But Pure Heroine’s breakout single, a nitro-cold rejection of music-video flashiness atop a neck-snapping beat, is matched at each turn by everything from the whumping clarion call of “Team” to the tinkling tropical pop of “Buzzcut Season.” Precocious, controlled, and blazingly original.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Auckland-born singer/songwriter Ella Yelich-O’Connor chose the name Lorde to evoke an “aristocratic title,” and there’s an undoubted majesty—a regal swoop—to this, her pitch-perfect debut record. “Royals” helps, of course. But Pure Heroine’s breakout single, a nitro-cold rejection of music-video flashiness atop a neck-snapping beat, is matched at each turn by everything from the whumping clarion call of “Team” to the tinkling tropical pop of “Buzzcut Season.” Precocious, controlled, and blazingly original.

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