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With a global pandemic and all the chaos happening in the world today it’s easy to feel nostalgic for the carefree days of the early 2000s when all that mattered were butterfly clips, pink flip phones and rom-coms. With her new album Solar Power Lorde provides us a perfect soundtrack to the end of our summer.
Coming to fame at the age of 16, Lorde felt extremely relatable to the generation of teenage girls (including myself) as she perfectly embodies the teenage angst of the 2010s in her music. When songs like Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” dominated the charts in 2013, Lorde’s debut album Pure Heroine felt extremely refreshing and raw. At the time with the majority of young Hollywood coming from Disney and Nickelodeon channels, Lorde was an outsider in a way – just a sixteen year old girl from New Zealand who happened to have an extraordinary voice and genius song-writing skills. She sang about her displeasure with musical genres and her exhaustion with “gettin’ told to throw my hands up in the air” by generic pop songs. The fact that Lorde was different and rebellious is what always made her stand out of the crowds.
Returning to the charts in 2017 with her sophomore album, Lorde, and all her fans have grown up and experienced her first break-up. Melodrama is a perfect album shaped by heartbreak, solitude, and exhilaration. Turning 20 a few months before the album release, Lorde presents us with soundtracks to reflect on our teenage emotions and finally release that angst. For Pure Heroine fans, Lorde was yet again relatable as she now sang about moving away from home and growing old – the extremely relatable experiences of exciting yet intimidating early 20s.
In 2021 Lorde made another loud return with her new album. Solar Power includes ballads to mother nature and serenades to younger self with nostalgic early 2000s music and style. The album is far past the young teenage angst and is more take a bike ride along the beach and appreciate the beauty of life and nature kinda vibe. Solar Power is not a sing-along with your friends in the car kinda album, but more of a returning home from work during sunset reflecting on your day kinda album. The singer has matured and learned to appreciate simple things in life like acoustic music and the beauty of nature. Lorde’s discography is a reflection of our generation’s life and Solar Power feels appropriate to the world today. This album is a search for composure during anxious times we live in. Environment and human influence are set at the center of the album as the singer evolves past singing only about love and heartbreaks. The theme of the album is quite controversial as it comes from a privileged perspective, yet we have to applaud Lorde for shining light on such an important matter in her music.
I’ve seen tweets saying that 2014 Lorde would have hated 2021 Lorde, but I have to disagree. I think younger Lorde would have been proud of Lorde today – proud to see her grow older and mature and proud to see her explore the musical limits in search of her own unique style. Lorde has always been known for her rebellion in genre and strong lyrics, so technically, Lorde has stayed true to herself in Solar Power by not confiding to a genre again and having powerful song lyrics.
With Pure Heroine being released in 2013, Melodrama in 2017, and Solar Power in 2021 a pattern of 4 year long hiatus becomes apparent, so maybe we can expect the singer to fully disappear again after her Solar Power tour to provide us time to reflect on ourselves with the help of her music.
As someone who has been a fan of Lorde since her early days, I can not wait to see what Lorde will present to us in her next album, but before that we all have a lot of time to listen to light and playful beats of Solar Power and reflect on life.
Ksenia (Ksusha) Kuznetsova is a Film, Television, and Media Studies major and Business Administration minor student at Loyola Marymount University and an intern at AfterBuzz TV. She loves movies and tv shows, reading books, and sunny days at the beach.
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