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January 05, 2014 8:48 AM Morning music: Lorde

By Kathleen Geier

Lorde, the teen singing sensation from New Zealand, was one of the great music discoveries of last year. Her compelling music consists of her husky, beautifully pitched vocals; a brilliantly minimalist electronic soundscape; and lyrics that take aim at our culture’s soul-killing consumer madness.

She writes most of her own material, and it’s first-rate. Nevertheless, the song on her debut album, Pure Heroine, that really stopped me short was her arresting cover of The Replacements’ “Swinging Party.” The last thing I expected to hear on a mega-popular electronic pop album by a New Zealand teenager was a gorgeous take on a great Paul Westerberg song. And yet here it was.


Kathleen Geier is a writer and public policy researcher who lives in Chicago. She blogs at Inequality Matters. Find her on Twitter: @Kathy_Gee

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