Pure Heroine: Extended is a masterpiece in every way. The lyrics are meaningful, the beats are solid, and the bass work is impressive. In a world full of monotonous pop songs that play over and over again on the radio, it’s great to hear this album come along. Lorde is a heroine who’s come to rescue us from boring music. For those who’ve heard “Royals” and “Team,” those songs are only the tip of the iceberg.
The Extended edition includes the 10 tracks from the core Pure Heroine album, the single “No Better,” Love Club EP, and the Lorde cover of “Swingin’ Party.” I’m not considering the last song because it’s a cover and not written by Lorde. Basically, every song on the album is good. It sounds very fanboyish, but I really think it’s true. I can’t name a song that I didn’t like. It’s hard to choose favorites from such an amazing pool, but my favorites are “400 Lux,” “No Better,” and “The Love Club.”
Lorde’s lyrics are mind blowing. They are so simple and seem so obvious. But they are so amazing because no other entertainer has ever tried it before. Even if they had, I don’t think they would have done it better than Lorde. She’s just a teenager singing about teenager things. Why can’t other teen stars like Justin Bieber get half decent lyrics out?
It’s also funny that in an interview she said most of her lyrics were written when she was younger and seem lame now. They still can be applied to anyone today. The lyrics tell the struggle of a girl who suffers from being introverted and socially awkward. They are still great and still ring true for many teens today. I personally don’t have these problems, but the lyrics are still so powerful and so real.
Beats and Music
The first thing I noticed about Lorde’s music was the booming bass that plays in the background. But they’re not really in the background. The beats hit hard and are very prevalent. They don’t overpower the music, but they are definitely there. They seem to have taken cues from hip-hop, and it’s a good thing. Most pop music has the very boring thump, thump, thump, thump, thump bass that could put me to sleep. Songs from Pure Heroine have interesting bass patterns like the ABAAB pattern. “400 Lux” is the perfect example of this.
There are also some pretty cool beat drops, like in “Bravado” or in “Glory and Gore.” They go from songs that already go pretty hard to all-out explosions. I guess you could call me a bass head because I love it. I keep going on about how great the bass is, but it really is. This sounds like a headphone review.
The music is very minimalistic. The beat and Lorde’s voice do most of the work. The music that is there is very simple and lurks in the background. It works well. It lets the well-written lyrics and bass shine through, unlike pop songs that rely on a catchy chorus and tune to be good.
Pure Heroine works because it is so well done. It’s so easy to compare to pop because pop is the very thing Lorde takes a shot at. In interviews she said she loves pop, and she grew up with it. But she still sees through its flaws and makes her own music better that way. It sets itself apart because it does things no other artist is able or willing to do. It keeps it interesting without the usual hook that people need to like a song. It is so shallow to only like a song because the tune and chorus are catchy.
Pure Heroine‘s lyrics are so interesting with only the beat as their backer. It is modern music in its purest form. It is the literal definition of unique, meaning there is only one out there. There really is. Even the name of the album is meaningful. No, it’s not a pun about heroin. It just means someone should feel empowered, and the songs make you feel somehow deep down, empowered to do something you never thought you could. Don’t feel threatened because Lorde herself might seem strange to you. She is just being herself, and that’s the best part of Pure Heroine.
A well deserved 100/100