What Lorde's Comeback Means For Music
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What Lorde's Comeback Means For Music

The queen of alternative pop is back.

What Lorde's Comeback Means For Music

Recently pop music (or music that has charted on Top 40 Hits) has become chilled, at least many of the chart-topping hits aren't the same club rave songs from 4 years ago, 3 years, even 2. It's atmospheric, moody with slower beats per minute. We have Katy Perry singing about ignorance and conformity, Twenty One Pilots rapping about growing up, Mike Posner talking about being a has-been popstar, and Alessia Cara singing the most downbeat self-confidence anthem I have ever heard. In a word? Depressing.

But the leader of dreamy pop is back.

During her absence, we've received a lot of female artists who try to capture the counter cultured trendy pop voice, most notably with Halsey but has continued with Alessia Cara, Melanie Martinez, Tove Lo and Daya, just to name a few. I'm not saying these singers are bad artists, but they attempted to fill the space by honing in on a genre of pop that Lorde made mainstream.

So, Lorde's back, dropping her first single "Green Light" last week. To be honest, I was not a fan of Lorde when "Royals" came out in 2013. I do think she is a prolific songwriter, but the slow tempo pop music just wasn't doing anything for me. Then "Green Light" was released, and I fell in love with it. The bridge is my favorite part, and you can tell Lorde has been hanging out with Taylor Swift, but if this were a synthy Swift single, the lyrics would specifically call her ex lover out on the things he has done. Lorde makes the song her own, and the power of her voice shows how angry she is about this ex which apparently is based on a real life experience of hers. It's a mystical dance pop hit, and while some may say this isn't the same Lorde, I say it's Lorde reaching her pique.

With lyrics as emotional as hers and a bridge as upbeat as this one, maybe Lorde can bring back the hype and emotion that pop music is capable of. I want to be able to dance to pop music again. I want to scream lyrics out the window and feel good at the same time. A pop song can be atmospheric, moody, AND upbeat. I can only hope Lorde's comeback inspires other artists to up those beats per minute and make heartbreaking yet empowering hits.

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