Lorde – Solar Power
Crush Music – 3817648, Universal Music New Zealand – 00602438176489
Vinyl, LP, Album
USA, Canada & Europe
Barcode (Text): 6 02438 17648 9
Lacquer Cut By – JN-H
Housed in a compostable plastic resealable outer wrap with a hype sticker.
Includes a printed inner sleeve with liner notes and credits.
Matrix / Runout (A-side runout): LORDELP3-A (1)-2 BL44271-01 A1 JN-H STERLING VI^
Matrix / Runout (B-side runout): LORDELP3-B (1)-2 BL44271-01 B1 JN-H STERLING TI^
Aug 20, 2021
Indie Pop, Synth-pop
A1 The Path
A2 Solar Power
A4 Stoned At The Nail Salon
A5 Fallen Fruit
A6 Secrets From A Girl (Who's Seen It All)
B1 The Man With The Axe
B3 Big Star
B4 Leader Of A New Regime
B5 Mood Ring
B6 Oceanic Feeling
(P) 2021 Universal Music New Zealand Limited (C) 2021 Universal Music New Zealand Limited.
Made in Germany.
Universal Music International B.V. 'S-Gravelandseweg 80, 1217 EW Hilversum, Netherlands.
"I have rarely heard an album with such a glorious opening couplet: "Born in the year of OxyContin, raised in the tall grass / Teen millionaire having nightmares from the camera flash."
These lyrics land like a mini memoir, though they maintain a curious mystique. This is the sort of vivid songwriting that's become Lorde's trademark, and "The Path" is some of her best work to date.
"Born in the year of OxyContin," referring to 1996, the year the drug was developed and patented, and the year of our Lorde's birth.
But while "Solar Power" takes sonic cues from its artist's birth year, Lorde wants it known upfront that she's not a pop star coming into her full power like Taylor Swift was when she released "1989." Instead, she's a celebrity dismantling her own star power to reclaim her humanity; She stole fancy Met Gala silverware for her mother and disappeared back into the sun.
On "The Path," Lorde candidly explains that if you're looking for a savior, that's not her. She's just as broken and sad as everyone else, and her music isn't going to fix that. But she's willing to take you with her on her next trip to the sun — and the path starts here.
In short, "Solar Power" does exactly what it's supposed to do. Its frothy blend of early-aughts pop and salt-of-the-earth acoustics does sound like skateboarding, as Lorde desired. It also sounds like biking home from a particularly productive therapy session during golden hour (based on a true story)"
Much like the euphoria-inducing "Green Light," this song works beautifully as an introduction to Lorde's newest realm, despite whiplash-induced reactions from some disappointed fans. And much like "Green Light," this song gets better with each listen."