By Gabriela Solis
In late September of 2013, the alternative pop star Lorde released her iconic debut album “Pure Heroine.” Lorde, impressively writing most songs at the young age of 16, discusses themes of rebellious youth and disobeying many societal norms. With relatable lyrics, “Pure Heroine” shaped many Generation Z kids’ teenage years and ruled the now-infamous website, Tumblr.
The third track, “Royals”, is what skyrocketed Lorde to fame with over 10 million units sold worldwide. The lyrics criticize luxurious lifestyles and materialism, something that isn’t common in a society that consistently glamorizes fame and money. It’s a classic of the early 2010s that anyone in their teens and early ’20s could sing along to.
After “Royals” is undoubtedly my favorite song off “Pure Heroine,” “Ribs”. It didn’t receive much appreciation until a few years after its release for a reason that I’ll never understand. There’s no denying that the song can make anyone who listens somehow feel an overwhelming sense of nostalgia. Towards the end of the song, she repeats, “I want it back, the minds we had” and, “You’re the only friend I need.” These lyrics only add to the intense nostalgia that the song exudes. She encourages the listener to reminisce about memories alongside her.
The sixth track, “Team,” is known for its fun chorus and is frequently heard playing in retail stores. Several songs after is “White Teeth Teens”, a song that holds a special place in my heart, as it was my favorite Lorde song throughout my high school years. Similar to “Ribs”, the end of the song uses repetition of the lines, “Everything works out so good, I wear the robe like no one could.” She rejects the idea of cliques and instead encourages sticking with friends with whom you feel comfortable with, rather than trying to fit in.
For many, “Pure Heroine” is a comfort album used to help one navigate their way through the ups and downs of teenage life. It’s full of angst, rebellion, and staying true to one’s self. With such an album constructed to perfection, Lorde’s major success in the following years is nothing but well deserved. Like many other indie albums of the 2010s, “Pure Heroine” has aged wonderfully over the years and remains a timeless classic as we approach a new, unpredictable decade.
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