Album Review: "Solar Power" by Lorde (6/10)

Distrubuted by: Universal Music NZ Ltd.

Producers: Jack Antonoff, Malay

Unlike Pure Heroin with its booming bass hits, or Melodrama with its sweeping transitions, Solar Power is a minimal manifesto. Inspired in large part by a trip to Antarctica, and a reaction to climate change, Lorde’s third album is equal parts meditative and grand. However, without the raw emotion that’s so palpable in her earlier works, the album feels disjointed, with much of its intentions lost in translation.

Despite the title’s potency, many of the songs lack the punch that we’ve grown to love from Lorde’s music. Still, tracks like “Solar Power” excel at delivering a simple but catchy groove and Lorde’s poeticism is consistently impressive.