Lorde - Royals | Track Review | By Volume

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Author: on June 26, 2013

Lorde’s soon-to-be smash hit “Royals” delivers lyrics that disparage materialistic wealth and shallow pop music on the whole. “We’ll never be royals / It don’t run in our blood / That kind of lux just aint for us / We crave a different kind of buzz,” she croons during the anthemic chorus, and she does it with enough conviction in her voice to have the listener believe that she truly subscribes to this mantra.

A marvelous piece of vocal-centred pop, “Royals” makes Lorde’s voice the focal point of the mix, expertly treated to accentuate the young singer’s strengths. The layering of her vocals during the chorus gives her words a larger-than-life feeling, and results in some stunning harmonies. There is a subtle integration of electronica: some deep, pulsing bass enters the mix at times, but it stays comfortably in the background, never crossing the threshold to obtrusive. There is no shameless splicing of hard electro or formulaic bass drops – nothing but tasteful light brushes seamlessly weaved into a vocal-pop song.

Overall, “Royals” represents everything pop music has the potential to be in today’s musical landscape. It’s a catchy, relatable, polished (tastefully so, mind you) anthem for the middle class from a humble young New Zealander with a powerful voice. With “Royals”, Lorde asserts herself as a force to be reckoned with.

  • Rudy Klapper

    I am actually hearing this all over the radio sweeeet


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