Sorry Boomers/Gen X, I was like 20 when this came out so it's one of the best things to ever happen to me. Sorry it's not King Crimson or whatever.
Melodrama is the second studio album by New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde. It was released on 16 June 2017 by Lava and Republic Records and distributed through Universal. Following the breakthrough success of her debut album Pure Heroine (2013), Lorde retreated from the spotlight, and travelled between New Zealand and the United States. Initially inspired by her disillusionment with fame, she wrote Melodrama to capture heartbreak and solitude after her first breakup. Lorde chose Jack Antonoff as the main collaborator because she felt the need to expand her artistry from the Joel Little-produced Pure Heroine. The final product is an electropop record incorporating piano-based melodies, pulsing synthesisers and dense electronic beats. Critics viewed the album as a maximalist departure from the minimalist hip hop-influenced production of its predecessor, and considered it a loose concept album chronicling the emotions ensued from a house party. The songs "Green Light", "Perfect Places", and "Homemade Dynamite" were released as singles. Lorde promoted the album through several music festivals she headlined, and the Melodrama World Tour in 2017 and 2018. The album was Lorde's first number one in the United States and Canada, and also peaked atop the charts in Australia and New Zealand. It received gold or platinum certifications in the said countries and the United Kingdom. Melodrama received widespread acclaim from contemporary critics and featured on various year-end and decade-end lists. It won a New Zealand Music Award for Album of the Year, and received a nomination for Album of the Year at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in 2018. In 2020, Melodrama ranked at number 460 on Rolling Stone's revision of their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.
Sorry Boomers/Gen X, I was like 20 when this came out so it's one of the best things to ever happen to me. Sorry it's not King Crimson or whatever.
I'm pretty well-versed in Antonoff-produced joints now. Currently, the man is so prolific, and his musical personality so prominent, that you can pretty much extract an Antonoff criteria from his best work over the last year alone (evermore, Gaslighter, Chemtrails Over the Country Club). Winsomeness will be king, there'll be a marked preference for mincing the same meat on each song rather trying a new cut and risking a mistake, the tone will be vaguely sombre as a rule in order to heighten the effect once the step-change choruses kick in, and you can expect an unusual instrumental touch pretty much every other track. Most important, on a GOOD Antonoff album there will be between four and six bangers. Melodrama meets all these criteria except for - you guessed it - the last one. Dang, almost.
5/5 - Excellentttttt, Randy Marsh is a fantastic singer
Lordes singing style works so well. She's not the "best singer" but her lyrics paired with pop/electronic music fits so well. This album starts off so strong with "green light" and "sober" but then gets better with " homemade dynamite". It then changes into something more melancholy (sounding) but maintains its core (great song writing with great instrumentals). To be honest I don't think I ever gave her a fair chance and I regret doing so. Her music is nothing short of fantastic. Even the slower songs like "Liability" are so good to listen to. This whole journey she takes you on with this album is a trip worth taking (even if it can be a little dark and saddening, looking to fill a void with activities that are so empty is a powerful message and hit home)
It is an outstanding album, those transitions are amazing and it reflects an outstanding work, having said that, it is not better than Pure Heroin, hope it is on this list as well
It's okay. I like the 'bigger' sounding tracks, and definitely a lot of Kate Bush influence. But a lot of cliched, minimalistic, sad indie girl tracks - pretty boring. And I don't understand the weird accent she puts on. Some tracks a 4, but weak as an album.
I've listened to new music a lot more in the past few years. By new music I mean anything that doesn't appear on the front cover of Mojo magazine. But Melodrama reminds me why I hate the formulaic approach to much modern music making. It's almost as if it's been written by an algorithm to hit all the right mass market consumer hot spots. A familiar theme for me in these reviews: no soul. Sorry.
The thing that is most striking about this album is the immaculate production, and Lorde's haunting and nostalgic vocals augment that production supremely.
I've never really spent time with Lorde outside of her hits. This was a pretty great pop album. Apparently Jack Antonoff is the go-to producer for female pop stars now. Best track: Liability
I dont quite understand the fuss. It’s fine, a bit dull, I like her songwriting style and there are a couple of standout tracks but on the whole a bit dull
There’s a couple of songs with actual hooks, but there aren’t enough interesting ideas musically to keep me interested for the duration of an entire record. The lyrics are of the typical break up, make up, angry at you, better than you, I’m not good enough for you, getting smashed at the club, hooking up with a random stranger, crying in the back of the cab on the way home variety. It’s been done and done better than here. The worst thing you can be called is bland, and Melodrama is just that.
Sounds like a mix between taxi music and Christian music. Listened twice, can't remember a single tune. Not strong.
I enjoyed this. I think I prefer Pure Heroine as it is a little darker and (dare I say it) a little less melodramatic. Jack Antonoff produced this (he produces a lot of these types of records) and you can hear his influence on this as well as albums by Lana Del Rey too. This was an easy listen for the morning. Favorite song: Hard Feelings/Loveless Least favorite song: Liability
I have only ever listened to one of the Lorde’s track so approaching this with a degree of open mindedness. Really enjoyed the album, Lorde and Sia are of very similar styles both of which I find very pleasurable. Certainly an album that I would add to my favourites and listen to again and again, if I have one criticism it’s the use of bad language within some of the songs, I really don’t understand why that is a requirement these days within music and because of that I gave it a 4 out of 5
Despite being a kiwi myself, this is my first time listening willingly to Lorde's music and, try as I may, I just can't get past my issues with her pronunciation of her lyrics.. some kind of weird tone to her speech that just grates on my ears... Though, that track Liability is a goodie and would be great in the hands (and voice!) of a singer like Phoebe Bridgers
More "Radio Disney" music that will be forgotten within a year and have absolutely no lasting impact on music. Lorde may keep the public's attention for being an "influencer" or some other thing, but her music is instantly forgettable.
Lorde is very good at writing catchy songs that also have substantive lyrics.
I really wish this wasn't today's album, but that's just personal circumstances. Green Light and Sober is a good 1-2 punch. The Louvre is.....uncomfortable right now at time of writing. Its good though. Then Liability happens. Jesus. THIS ALBUM IS AWESOME!
Haha I kind of know this one already :p I go back to it every once in a while; homemade dynamite, hard feelings/loveless and sober were in my 2017 top songs on Spotify. I just love this album a lot, the sound and also the images that it created in my head upon many listens.
Beautifully haunting album with some great pop thrown in
Standout album, varied, uplifting, confident. Loved it.
I’ve no clue why it took me that long to listen to that. I really liked the humour in it.
I LOVE WRITER IN THE DARK SM ITS WEIRD BUT I FEEL LIKE I RELATE TO IT
This. For some reason this album took longer than it should to come around for me. But holy shit did it come around :')
Melodrama has a strong opening with 'Green Light'. Individual songs occasionally feel disconnected from each other musically but each song is pretty fantastic in their own right. The songs compliment her wispy style of singing. Raw and honest lyrics. Personal favs: The Louvre, Liability
I had bought this album immediately after hearing "Green Light" back when it was released. It’s still my favorite Lorde song and one of the greatest breakup songs ever. I’m also a Jack Antonoff fan so it is no surprise I love this album. I can’t get enough of “Supercut” and “Greenlight” - both awesome dance songs. Other favorites include “Sober,” “The Louvre,” “Liability,” and “Sober II.” But really the whole album is great. Most of the songs are explorations of relationships. Why are we in them? What holds us together? What tears us apart? Whether your relationship is perfect happiness, total misery or somthing in between MELODRAMA has something to offer you. The music is great, the lyrics are insightful. Wonderful from start to finish.
I've listened to this album seven times today...so far. I am in awe of Lorde's powerful voice and story-telling, her strength and vulnerability, her fearlessness. I wrote down some of my favorite lyrics but there were a lot. Lots of favorite songs, too. This deserves more than five stars.
I am familiar with some of Lorde's music, but this is the first listen of this album for me. I liked it. From the simple piano to the layered electronics, Lorde’s vocals pair very nicely with the music.
I always knew that "Royals" was an awesome song, but I hadn't spent much time with Lorde's more recent music. This is a pretty incredible album. A very emotional and yet very catchy collection of songs. This is one I definitely want to keep listening to. I had lost some of my usual listening time today, but found myself making more time to spend with it. "Green Light" is a new anthem song for cranking up in the car. I love her vocal range in this with those growls. "But my hips have missed your hips" from "Sober" is the sort of lyric that leaps out of the speaker and slaps your face with its freshness. I felt similarly with "Homemade Dynamite." "The Louvre" is a song I adore for lots of reasons, which I will not list here for the sake of brevity. "Liability" and its reprise are absolute stabs in the heart. Stabs in the heart. And speaking of, "Writer in the Dark" really grabbed me and gave me a good shake with its overwhelmingly powerful emotion. And the rest! Wow!
Great artist with a great album!
I love when I get to hand out unexpected 5-star reviews. I didn't anticipate enjoying this album nearly as much as I ended up doing. The vocals are great, the production is top-notch, the composition is fantastic. The whole album is a great vibe. Even the lyrics, while being very "20-year-old-people's-problems" were clever and well-written for all that. I really enjoyed it. Listened through it twice.
One of the best albums of the last 20 years
Great. I'd never listened to Lorde beyond being unable to avoid Royals, but this was nice chill pop. Loved it.
The bestest work in the 10’s
Music that is hard to categorise. It's very slickly produced and sounds cinematic and gothic with industrial grainy textures. Probably not as dark and it's certainly less sparse than the first Lorde album. There is lots of drama and the results are fascinating.
Okay, so full disclosure: I'm biased because this is one of my favorite albums of all time and I heard it YEARS ago in my early to mid 20s. To say I know this album like the back of my hand would be an insult to Lorde's and Antonoff's cowriting skills on this album, and also an understatement. Instead I'd rather say I know this album like I know the fit of a favorite pair of jeans: it's comfortable and reliable and somehow flatters almost every mood at the same time. I would fight anyone who dares to call this album anything short of a masterpiece. There are so many wonderful moments here, from the plot twist in "Liability" (the girl she loves is not a gay lover, but herself) to the quarantine-relevant "Sober" ("but what will we do when we're sober?"). When you consider the songwriting and production talent on this album it's especially impressive what Lorde accomplished with this modern classic. And I know it's not just her: Antonoff's influence is more than recognizable on this album with every creative chord and pulsing sixteenth-note beat (check out Taylor Swift's "Cruel Summer" for a background pulse analogous to what's used on the reprise of "Liability" on this album. His fingerprint is here on this album and yet, because he's Jack Antonoff, he very much is gifted at letting the artist shape the lines and the work without being overbearing. He's one of the mega voices for how pop music sounds and yet this album is SO different from Swift or Lana Del Rey, two of his other most well-known collaborators, among many others. Choosing a favorite track for this album is beyond difficult because this album has NO skips for me. It really is that good, and for me it's one of the ten best breakup albums of all time, up there with Red and 21. It really is a masterpiece. But it's nestled somewhere between breakup and coming-of-age and, as any seminal breakup album should be, has layers to it that you catch on later listens, and more than one theme going on at a time. Lorde may say she's a liability but as far as I'm concerned, in the music world she's a major asset. Five gold fucking stars. This album deserves all the hype it got and then some.
Full of angst and tension: Lorde sets out a missive of sass and retribution.
An amazing second album.
Very good pop, well-produced throughout. Enjoyed it a lot- Liability is a nice song. 4.5/5
Lorde slaps, kensie and I listened to this album together the day it came out and we laid on her bed and ate pizza - great vibes
I procrastinated listening to this one for years; I thought Green Light was a good single, but just didn’t think the album could reach the absurdly high bar she’d set for herself with Pure Heroine. I am happy to say I was right, in a way. She did not meet the bar; she fucking cleared it with room to spare.
Loved it a million times over.
❤❤❤❤❤ I love Lorde! On a less lovey note, great album. Pacing is perfect, great minimalist story telling. Her Glastonbury performance based on this album was an all time classic.
Its always a pleasure listening to Lorde
9/10. Of course I'd heard the hits before, but the album as a whole is rock solid.
The Album™️ of 2017
best songs: green light the louvre hard feelings/loveless sober ii
4.5 22/07 Love Lorde to bits, and this is such an amazing album with so many good songs. But like her singing in Writer in the Dark just reminds me of the time when she shushed the crowd to sing it. I will forever cringe to that moment
Gen Z masterpiece. Can’t argue with this being on the top 10 of the 2010s. So sick of music snobs who over the past few years discount anything Jack Antonoff has been involved with. This is her album, get over yourselves assholes.
First impression was 'echo of late disco era early 80s techno'. The singer did not show a huge vocal range but was alluring in the solumness of her words. Ended up delighted with the entire album. Probably didn't listen to her before since I am an old man and she is a youngster - and I avoid the appearance of impropriety. I will be listening again
True to its name it has a very melancholic and ethereal vibe, with a pop base. Favorite songs: Green Light, Supercut
Not my usual cup of team but I enjoyed a few songs. I can understand why this was so critically acclaimed at the time and I certainly appreciated it more this listen than when I have previously. 3.5/5
This is so fucking mopey.
The William Shatner of synth pop.
I knew our hot streak had to end somehow. I'm notoriously not a fan of this album. Lorde sometimes makes music I like (really enjoyed Solar Power), but man her voice is like nails on a chalkboard to me. It's that raspy, indie girl affectation that feels unbelievably phony. Her songwriting is "quirky"--I put that in quotes so you can understand that sometimes it's fun for me and many times it's unbearable. This album just maximizes all the Lorde traits that I dislike, she turned the sliders up on my least favorite things. I guess that's why I like Solar Power so much in comparison; she goes the other way. Still, I have to admit that I enjoy a few tracks on here. I HATE to admit that one of those is "The Louvre" because it features one of the quirky lyrics that I've despised for years: "we're hanging in the Louvre, not in the front, but who cares? Still the Louvre." Whatever the hell it is, just so in-your-face ~I'm not like other girls~ cheeky BS. That was the thesis of "Royals" as well, we get it dude. The production is solid, but her vocal and lyrical contributions put me off of this so emphatically. Kudos for the title though, it really is melodramatic in ways that I clearly can't stand. Favorite tracks: Homemade Dynamite, Perfect Places, The Louvre. Album art: Really excellent artwork here, (almost) a saving grace. It sucks that I love seeing this one and don't want to hear it. I want more paintings as album covers. 2/5
I am Lorde. Ya ya ya. On one hand I think she has a unique voice, she does that "cool girl" talk-singing thing in a lot of her songs. I'm not a woman in her 20s but I still enjoy it even though it feels very much music for that demographic. The songs are good overall. On the other hand, reading other reviews I keep seeing the name Jack Antonoff come up and I'm realizing this is another pop singer churned out by the song-writing machine. Maybe I'm just old and crotchety but I just don't like that there's some small cabal of people writing songs and then giving them out to pop singers to perform. I think songwriting is an art and it always disappoints me to learn that an artist just gets handed the music by some person that also writes songs for all of the other Virgin Radio artists that play on repeat ad nauseum. I'd normally give it 3 points for finding it ok but not quite my thing, but docking a point for my personal vendetta against the focus-group pop industry.
Some of this is really good, but dragged down by stuffing the back half with piano ballads, twinkling away until I finally call the cops on her. Turn the music up, lady, we got a lack-of-noise complaint! Supercut is just Lorde improvising over royalty free ad music.
"Dad, can we have Taylor Swift please please please?" "No, we have Taylor Swift at home" Taylor Swift at home: Lorde Couldn't wait for this to finish, not a single tune to be found on it. Antonoff production style is much better on my girl Lana's efforts, which also generously include melodies. Utter dogshit
I listened to this album closer than some other albums because I wanted to find a reason not to rate a Lorde album 5 stars. There wasn’t a track on here I didn’t like. I have no excuse to give this leas credit than it deserves. The lyrics are clever, the music is catchy, I like the beats, the synths, and the vocals are delivered really well. Overall it’s an album that is filled with good tracks that are fun to listen to.
Me gustó bastante, estrellita
Iloinen yllätys aiemmin minulle tuntemattomalta artistilta. Tämä oli oikein miellyttävää kuunneltavaa. Lorden äänenkäyttö oli monipuolista ja biisit olivat sopivasti hieman taiteellisia, mutta ei kuitenkaan överivaikeaa kuunneltavaa. Jossain siellä Bat for Lashesin ja Regina Spektorin välimaastossa. 5/5
Pop que para ser bastante comercial convencional me ha gustado bastante. Le voy a dar un 5, fíjate tú.
Worth a re listen, elements of Kate Bush
Qué grata sorpresa me llevé con este disco. De sólo conocer Royals, ahora me interesa saber más de lo que ha hecho Lorde en su carrera. Su manera de cantar no es impresionante pero no tiene que serlo. Las letras son muy buenas y los arreglos interesantes sin caer en lo exagerado e hiperdetallista. Me estuve debatiendo entre subir o bajar este 4.5 ya que me gustó mucho aunque tampoco es un disco perfecto pero sí pienso volver a escucharlo y ponerle más atención a la artista en general así que sí, se lleva su 5. Songs: Writer in the Dark, Liability, Perfect Places
J'essaye d'être objectif mais le biais d'exposition est trop puissant
Oh, this was excellent. I should have listened to it before now.
A real moody and emotional affair, you can feel the teenage angst all throughout the tracklist, melodrama is a perfect title. The story telling here is very relatable whilst still remaining personal and interesting. The real highlight for me is the the anthemic opener Green Light with its thumping drums and catchy piano melody. A fantastic pop song in so many ways. The rest of the album is consistently great as well. The intrumentation is used intelligently throughout with tracks never sounding too busy but still interesting. I particularly love the horn section on sober and Lorde's hushed vocals work well throughout - a vocal style that has become very popular in recent years. I'd go as far as to say Melodrama is probably the best mainstream pop album of the 2010's. While her debut arguably had a bigger cultral impact, this was her creative peak.
Lorde had changed the pop landscape in 2013 with Pure Heroine, believe it or not. The toned-down alt-pop sound had broken through ultra-party electropop of the Black Eyed Peas and LMFAO, forcing the pop genre to evolve with more subtly and ambience. Alt-pop had brought more distinct vocal personalities to the front. Now, the likes of Lana Del Rey, Halsey, and more recently Billie Eilish have become the predominate sound of top 40 pop. So, after 4 long years, it comes to reason that Lorde's sophomore album would be highly anticipated. Melodrama successfully builds on the groundwork laid by Lorde on Pure Heroine by giving more dimension to the production through exploring more genre conventions. Stripped-down singer-songwriter piano ballads, explosive dance-pop tracks, and thoughtful alternative r&b songs give Lorde's signature alt-pop sound new life. Songs like Green Light and Writer in the Dark showcase a strong new direction indicating Lorde's forward-thinking pop sensibilities in her songwriting. This is a distinctly introspective breakup album, if the title and cover art didn't allude to that already. I think this is a fresh and well-needed take on the breakup album, which centers alcohol and partying as a coping mechanism which shows the highs and (mostly) lows of her experiences. As such, the more dance-focused elements of the album are drenched in a sort of sweet sorrow as Lorde drinks her sadness away. This is then contrasted with the slower, more depressive songs that represent the hangover. It's effective, showing maturity in Lorde's growth as an artist while still holding on to what made her so excellent in the first place. I think Melodrama might be one of the best albums of the 2010's, making this a shoe-in for the list. It's a shame that she would then fumble her strong footing in the pop world with her disappointing summer album Solar Power in 2021.
it's a homemade d-d-d-dynamite! I think I must really be out of touch with modern music because this one completely blew me away. Absolutely loving it and it's totally outside of my comfort zone. I think there's not a single weak track (although some of the more poppy tunes are a bit too much for me, see Supercut or Perfect places). The lyrics are youthful but mature, and Lorde's voice is just beautiful. The entire album stands out from all the old classic folky albums I've been tortured with recently. Plus the artwork is so pretty it makes me want to purchase a vinyl copy. Favourites: Green Light, Homemade Dynamite, Liability, Writer in the Dark (that Kate Bush chorus!) and that short ending to Hard Feeling/Loveless. Straight to my favourite albums.
Never really paid much attention to Lorde before, but this album slaps!
it's not an exaggeration to say that this is one of if not the best pop albums of the past decade and change. this shit rocks green light is a hell of an opener. lorde has a habit of making really impactful full albums and having certain songs (royals, green light) pulled away from the work as a whole and taken into the greater pop culture lexicon. green light as its own song is fucking fantastic, but it's also a really great opener for the picture lorde is trying to paint on melodrama, the picture of living life as a young woman feeling a full spectrum of emotions i love this album, you should too - it's really accessible (intentionally) while also bringing some really interesting and complicated musical stuff into the mix. all-time pop record right here
When we talk about the top 10 albums of 2017, this better be among that list because Ella went INNNNNN. Let's start with the iconic Green Light, Jay Gatsby could never amount to this level of icon status Sober is my drunk anthem and the BRIDGE Jack Antonoff gets a lot of hate but he has solidified his main pop girl status with this Homemade Dynamite is so smart, so teenage self destruction The creativity of the titles are so camp I am so upset she lost album of the year to that MJ impersonator Anywho, The Louvre always has me in my feels I am approaching my 19th birthday and I am so excited to feel this album course through my veins Liability, interlude and title track are all precious Writer in the Dark almost had me admitted to a psych ward, I'm not kidding I lost weight from crying to this masterpiece I am so upset that I am listening to this when I should be studying for my exams ahhhh Hard Feelings is going to put me in a coma, it's so depressing ahhhh Gotta love shaking some ass and that is what Loveless came to serve, she's putting the shrimp on the barbie, a party girl to her COOOREE. I love how all over the place the album is, it is so confined to this one house party but she travels through so many locations with her words. A WRITER. HER PEN'S INK WILL NEVER RUN DRY. Jesus literally talks about this in the bible Supercut and Perfect Places deserve a Pulitzer and nothing less. That joint smokes too hard I imagine a tv show ending every time I hear Perfect Places and I kind of covet the loneliness and euphoria of a highschool party, no matter how lame. I want it bad. Ella congrats for creating such a masterpiece, this will surely be going in the Louvre. Rest assured Queenie I wish women got more credit. The production is bomb but y'all already knew that
As a someone who barely makes the cut to be a Millenial, this album is fantastic. The production threw me for a loop when I first heard it back in 2017 and holds up pretty well. Lorde's lyrics really encapsulated how I felt during my college years.
I love the dynamic loves she has. It's beautiful and sad at the same time. Super boppy.
Masterpiece, a classic for me
I remember being excited for this album when it came out because I liked Pure Heroine so much and then being disappointed after only listening to green light but 15 year old me was clearly a dumbass because 21 year old me thought this album is excellent. It's dreamy, nostalgic, and sad all at the same time while also being a pioneer of the type of female pop music that's been done to death at this point. I love Sour but there's no way Olivia Rodrigo is where she is without stuff like this. Perfect places, green light, and super cut are my favs but mainly perfect places.
Really great pop album that I did not like much upon its initial release.
Probably not a popular choice but it’s my favorite album of hers.
Офигенная поп-музыка, которая цепляет лирикой и аранжировками. Чувствуешь, что альбом отточено звучит и Lorde прекрасно понимает себя и свою аудиторию
Много написала, но все удалилось :( По звучанию мне прям попал в sweet spot. По смыслу хз.
I - 10 II - 9 III - 8 IV - 8 V - 10 VI - 8 ---------- VII - 7 VIII - 9 IX - 9 X - 6 XI - 10 PROMEDIO 1RA PARTE: 8.8 PROMEDIO 2DA PARTE: 8.2 PROMEDIO TOTAL: 8.5 NOTA FINAL: STRONG 9
Really damn good!!
Love this album to death
Break up blues!
Look. As a late 20-something, you best believe I have a Spotify playlist dedicated to sad girl music like this. Melodrama is sad but also danceable, it's emotional but also has bite. I feel the music, regardless of whether or not I've experienced exactly what she sings about first-hand. And Lorde, although not necessarily the best singer, sounds great here. She shows off the different qualities and emotions of her voice, and despite sharing some similarities to the 𝓬𝓾𝓻𝓼𝓲𝓿𝓮 𝓼𝓲𝓷𝓰𝓮𝓻𝓼 of the indie genre, she doesn't drop into the pitfalls of oversinging, over-enunciating, and just generally sounding annoying. I liked this one a lot, and maybe I should look into her music (past the singles) more. Standout tracks were Green Light and Homemade Dynamite.
Favorites: -Green light -Writer in the dark -Supercut -Perfect places
This is the type of pop music I like - very emotional. It flows really well - especially the climactic ‘Writer In The Dark’ into ‘Supercut’. It feels very genuine.
I'm a pophead, and this is a perfect pop album.
haunting, deep electronic melodies with a fantastic voice that isn't overbearing. Never knew I liked Lorde this much.
Captures what it’s like to be a young person-and especially a young woman-in the new millennium better than almost any other young artist today. Lorde is a rare talent.