The Edge’s Top Albums of 2013: #8


Lorde – Pure Heroine

 Released 27th September 2013, Universal Records

Lorde is 17 years old and has already been nominated for four Grammys and become the first New Zealand solo artist to have a number one in the Billboard Hot 100. Her debut (Grammy nominated) album, Pure Heroine, was released in September and spawned the internationally acclaimed single ‘Royals’. It’s no surprise to see this album at number eight in our countdown, despite the record’s poor commercial performance.


  • Included in 17% of people’s lists
  • Of those 60% included it in their top 3

The breakout star of 2013, it seemed sudden for Lorde to be releasing her debut album so soon after ‘Royals’ hit British shores, but the quick release certainly didn’t present a rushed result. Pure Heroine shows a headstrong teenager and the trials and tribulations linked to growing up in the developed world. Not only is her songwriting mature and imaginative, the sparse production and simple melodies make this an album which deserves much more commercial success than it has so far received.
– Howell Davies, Deputy Editor, ranked the album #2

Lorde’s debut album is stunning. At the moment, I cannot stop listening to it! Every track could be a potential single. Her vocals illuminate such profound and mature lyrics that stand apart from others we are so used to hearing. Lorde is a breath of fresh air and I can’t wait to hear more music from the superstar to-be.
– Megan Downing, Editor, ranked the album #2

Other accolades:

  • Ranked #7 in Rolling Stones ’50 Best Albums of 2013′ list
  • Ranked #10 in Clash’s ‘Top Albums of 2013’ list
  • Ranked #13 in The Guardian’s ‘Best albums of 2013’ list


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