TRACK REVIEW: ‘Green Light’ – Lorde

Gone is the alternative flair in favor of more danceable pop

| March 2, 2017

She’s back!  Lorde is finally back! After three years of radio silence, the New Zealander released her new song, “Green Light” on BBC Radio 1 on March 2 after teasing it on Twitter for the past week.

“Green Light,” inspired by Lorde’s first heartbreak, is a song about wanting to move on from a relationship but being unable to. The track starts off somewhat slowly, more like a ballad than anything, and moves into a quicker, more upbeat tempo.  Eventually it turns into a pure pop dance song during the chorus, “Oh honey I’ll come get my things, but I can’t let go/I’m waiting for it, that green light, I want it!”  This was a complete surprise considering the alternative flair that she previously had in her songs; it’s different but not necessarily bad.  It does seem, however, that the singer has picked up some influence from her close friend and fellow singer, Taylor Swift, who also gets help from Fun. lead guitarist, Jack Antonoff when writing her songs.  This only begs the comparison, especially in the beats used and in the simplicity of the lyrics.

Fear not, though, because Lorde hasn’t changed everything.  She keeps some of that low register that makes her so unique compared to other pop singers, particularly in the beginning of the song and in the bridge.  Additionally, she’s still singing about teeth, “Those great white sharks, they have big teeth/Oh, they bite you.” and later, comparing those shark teeth with rumors, she sings, “All those rumors, they have big teeth/Oh, they bite you.”

While it’s certainly different from anything she has previously done, that’s to be expected after a three year absence, and this change isn’t bad; it’ll just take some getting used to.  And it seems like a pretty solid introduction to the new album and to spring.  There is no doubt that radio stations will be playing this one until we’re all sick of hearing it, but until that happens, I’ll be jamming to it right along with everyone else.

This is the first single to be released off of her sophomore album, “Melodrama.”

“Melodrama” album artwork courtesy of Universal Music NZ. Painted by Sam McKinniss.

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Stephanie started as a staff writer for the Niner Times in October 2015 and was promoted to assistant editor of arts and entertainment in October 2016. Her writing has focused mainly on album reviews and other musical topics, but she continues to expand her horizons. She is a junior and is double majoring in English literature and culture and German. When she is not writing articles, she is either people watching, reading, cooking, or updating her many social media profiles. If you're not sure of anything else, be sure that Stephanie is listening to music at any given time.

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Stephanie started as a staff writer for the Niner Times in October 2015 and was promoted to assistant editor of arts and entertainment in October 2016. Her writing has focused mainly on album reviews and other musical topics, but she continues to expand her horizons. She is a junior and is double majoring in English literature and culture and German. When she is not writing articles, she is either people watching, reading, cooking, or updating her many social media profiles. If you're not sure of anything else, be sure that Stephanie is listening to music at any given time.