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Lorde: Pure Heroine

Label Republic
Format CD
Runtime/Release Date 37'12/2013
UPC 602537519002
Daedalus Item Code 39110
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(Contains the song "Royals," which won 2013 Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year Grammy Awards; the album was nominated for the Best Pop Vocal Album Grammy Award) Pure Heroine was one of the most anticipated releases of 2013 because of its breakout song "Royals" and Lorde's performance of it on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (her American television debut). Auckland, New Zealand's Ella Yelich O'Connor, who performs as Lorde, told NPR that she was "reeling off some of the things which are commonly mentioned in hip-hop" in the hit single. "As a fan of hip-hop, I've always had to kind of suspend disbelief because, obviously, I don't have a Bentley. There's a distance between that and the life I have with my friends going to parties and getting public transport and doing the things that every other teenager does."

"She sings tough and raps soft…. On her debut, she's a tiny-life teenager and a throne-watching pop comer with a sound that recalls the Internet hip-hop of Kitty Pryde, the cold-storage torch pop of Lana Del Rey and the primal self-dredging of Florence Welch, while still sounding strangely sui generis…. Pure Heroine feels surprisingly real and fully formed, punching through sparse, cushily booming post-hip-hop tracks with vividly searching lyrics about growing up too fast…. Songs like the hit 'Royals' are foreboding but catchy, hushed but hype. She's great at dissecting her so-called life ('We're hollow like the bottles that we drain') and at evoking the feeling of loving hip-hop even as its impossible fantasies turn you inside out."—Rolling Stone

"While young women dominate the dance and pop charts, it's been nearly 20 years since we've seen them top the alternative-rock charts. This year, a 16-year-old girl from New Zealand got the job done with a tune that's just about the opposite of anything you'd hear from her peers."—NPR

"The exciting thing about Lorde is not merely that 'Pure Heroine' is perfect (it is close), or that 'Royals' is perfect (it is), but that a teen-ager from Auckland, with an unnatural gift, has entered the suit-infested ruins of the music business with the confidence of a veteran and the skills of a prodigy…. Few Lorde tracks go for the big or the fast or the showy…. Every song leaves room for Lorde to make the words absolutely clear."—The New Yorker

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Publisher: Collective Sounds.   Format: CD. UPC: 853423003178.  Daedalus Item Code: 29513
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