Review: Lorde – Royals (Pop)

This review covers the pop track Lorde – Royals.

This track was released in 2013 on the album Pure Heroine.

One standout feature of this track is the lyrics. The lyrics criticizes the portrayal of people in the media. It is also hints at differences in class. I thought the lyrics were fairly well realized. Unfortunately, that’s the only thing I could give a thumbs up in this track.

The vocals is pretty touch and go in this track. The singer sounds high. I can see this as an attempt for the vocals to sound unique, but unfortunately, every third pop track out there has the somewhat mumbling thing going on, so the attempt wasn’t that successful. In the end, I wasn’t a huge fan of how the vocals came out.

There’s hardly much to talk about beyond the vocals. There’s the finger snap and some basic bassline. The idea supposedly is to go for a minimalistic approach to the track. Minimalism can be successful as is the case with an artist like Deadmau5, but in other cases, it can make the track boring. Unfortunately, this track falls into the latter category. There’s nothing I can really grab hold of and make me want to hear the track multiple times. Even with the brief moment of string, there wasn’t enough of a difference in this track to add any kind of worthwhile variety.

So, while the lyrics were a positive thing in this track, that’s the only thing that is even remotely praiseworthy. The vocals are touch and go and the remaining musical elements end up being boring. Because of this, the track loses any luster it gets pretty quickly.


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