Lorde’s Solar Power fails to bring the energy
Lorde has released her much-anticipated third album, Solar Power.
Solar Power is a different album. And maybe rightfully so. It is what Lorde’s has come to call her “weed album.” The album takes a step back from 2017’s Melodrama and 2013’s Pure Heroine. It is a wholly different album from the previous ones. The drum machines are minimal. And the catchy choruses nonexistent. Lorde was going for something different. She even called it her “weed album.”
She veered too far, though. There’s no ‘Royals’ moment. And no ‘Green Light’ taking center stage. Neither showed up. What you’re left with is an album that lacks in arrangements, but excels in poetry and a desire to bring current affairs to the forefront.
All in all, we expected more. We wanted to feel something. If you were looking for the Lorde that David Bowie once called “the future of music”, you won’t find her here. Solar Power is worth a listen, but will we come back to it in a year? It’s possible, but not likely.
Solar Power was released on August 20, 2021, via Universal Music New Zealand.