Pure Heroine was a very minimalist debut from Lorde, but for her sophomore effort, the New Zealand singer takes a bold stylistic turn. Enlisting producers like Frank Dukes and Flume, Lorde turns in a fuller, fleshed out electropop effort centered around the theme of solitude; she began working on the album after breaking up w/ her longtime bf. She continues to, however, write intimate lyrics, and even w/ the beefed up musical style, her bare, raw emotions that so much defined her breakout success cut through sharply. Check out the upbeat/somber bounce of "Green Light," or the percussive "Homemade Dynamite." "Liability" is a toned down gem reminiscent of her earlier works, and "Perfect Places" is a stripped down party cut that's contrasted by a dark, weary undertone. This is the deluxe edition on 180 gram, translucent royal blue colored vinyl, complete with bi-fold lyric booklet, six double-sided photo inserts, and gatefold jacket.
- 180 gram translucent royal blue colored vinyl pressing
- gatefold jacket
- bi-fold lyric booklet w/ 6 double sided photo inserts
- music label: Universal 2017
reviewed by rei kwondo 04/2018