Scarily Ella “Lorde” Yelich-O’Connor is only 16. This album has the confidence of an album by someone much older, especially as it is entirely self penned. The songs on the album do all follow a very similar pattern, hip hop beats, earnest lyrics sung in a low murmur, but it is a pattern that works well. It is a very accomplished and polished album, but sometimes it feels like the cool detachment that it oozes may be a little forced. Having said that if you did not know her age this is a thought that perhaps wouldn’t cross your mind.
Sounds like: Lana del Ray, The XX, Haim
Stand out track: Buzzcut Season