Lorde
The Love Club


3.5
great

Review

by apokolypz USER (15 Reviews)
September 13th, 2013 | 91 replies | 6,212 views


Release Date: 03/19/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Envision Lana Del Ray. Now envision if Lana Del Ray was perhaps good.

2 of 4 thought this review was well written

Many indie pop bands have been getting quite a good amount of buzz in the last few years, ironically making an uprising. Though I believe few can really have such a talented start at such a young age. Ella Yelich-O'Connor, or better known as, Lorde, is a 16 year old female with a surprisingly sweet and smooth voice.

Now if we'd like to get precise, Lorde's style consists of synthpop and throwing in a little mix of a New Age feel. Again, her voice while isn't the greatest, she has her own thing going on, almost monotone sounding, but in a beautiful way. Along with this, she has the potential to write intelligently crafted lyrics for her age, although not being very deep as you would think for an indie artist, mainly sticking to making lyrics that can relate to anyone in the average day. Guess that is what you get for wanting to go mainstream huh? Breaking it down, you get upbeat and fun music that you would probably be jamming to in your mom's mini van...or in your wannabe hipster girlfriend's ipod.

Lead single, "Royal", has a slow, smooth, and deep grind, with Lorde's talking like vocals crawling the track until the chorus comes in, where she decides to let her chords fly a little higher, and I really like the short chanting vocals in the background of the chorus as well, certainly does makes you feel royal, though I don't believe it is the best track on the EP, this is definitely single worthy for its easy to understand, not really thought provoking lingo.

Two tracks, the title track "The Love Club", and "Million Dollar Bills", both have incredibly addicting opening grooves. "The Love Club" has a rather 'breath sounding' beat, where they start out low, and gradually, yet quickly, get higher. "Million Dollar Bills" sounds like something you'd play as background music while walking down the streets of China Town. My hat off to both tracks, as these two are pretty easily to get stuck in your head.

Unfortunately some cons are going to come into play right now. A lot of times I feel Lorde needs to put more emotion into her voice. It doesn't need to get angry or anything, but it feels too tame, especially on certain tracks, such as the opening track, "Bravado" and on "Royals." I'm not sure how I exactly feel about the last track "Biting Down". Part of me says I'd like to contradict what I just said, because her voice sounds elegant and sexy, I don't know about emotional though. I may say that this song has more of a natural emotion in it than the other tracks, but I can't put my tongue on exactly what drives me away. Although, the more electronic she gets in her career, you may as well kiss the hope of bringing more dramatic vocals goodbye. Not to mention the opening track again, I found it to be forgettable, and ultimately was the worst song on the EP. Some points I even hear bad ripoffs of Adele in the mix.

Half of the songs on the EP are sure to be a hit or miss, but I'm sure any pop fan can atleast find one song that they could probably tolerate, if not thoroughly enjoy. Her career though is off to a rapid start, and I'm interested in seeing the direction she takes in the future.



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Cygnatti
September 13th 2013



21349 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

fucking hate this.

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apokolypz
September 13th 2013



243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

btw, I somehow really like the artwork for the album cover. and I can definitely see why you dislike her, not sure about HATE though.

Cygnatti
September 13th 2013



21349 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

people are really willing to slap that 'electronic' tag on anything, huh?

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2013



21573 Comments


that artwork

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PunchforPunch
September 13th 2013



5869 Comments


who's she? the next jessie J?

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YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2013



1630 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn, was just about to cover this. Pretty good job nonetheless. I can't get enough of this ep and I'm not usually a fan of pop.

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Cygnatti
September 13th 2013



21349 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I love pop.
I hate this.

apokolypz
September 13th 2013



243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@YourDarkAffected, her debut comes out in like a week or two, so you should give a shot at that one for a review.

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2013



1630 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hmm that seems odd. Is it her voice/persona that you can't stand? The music is pretty minimalist, but I feel like it's very much personality driven, so I guess if you dislike her, you'd not get anything out of it.

Cygnatti
September 13th 2013



21349 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

oh, I hate indie pop, tho.

don't really know anything about her to hate her, just the music.

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2013



1630 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yea, I'm definitely going to review that. Comes out the 30th I believe.

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2013



1630 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hmm, guess I just can't relate. I generally like Indie pop though I guess.

Green Baron
September 13th 2013



17863 Comments


royals is alright for standard pop music.

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YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2013



1630 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

her lyricism is way above pretty much everyone else in pop music though (1000th comment. whoo!)

Greyvy
September 13th 2013



4018 Comments


how is this a 1.5
l o l

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Cygnatti
September 13th 2013



21349 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

but who listens to pop for lyrics? lana del rey is infinitely more enjoyable aesthetically.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2013



21573 Comments


but who listens to pop for lyrics?

people who like pop and lyrics

Cygnatti
September 13th 2013



21349 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

they should probably look somewhere more reliable if they want 'good' lyrics.

that's like listening to pop punk for their epic guitar solos.

treeqt.
September 13th 2013



8947 Comments


well known fact:

lyricism in pop doesn't get any better than http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMqL1iWfku4

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2013



21573 Comments


That's a pretty generalised statement.

Anyway I don't understand why that means these lyrics aren't good (not that I'd know either way).



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