Listen: Lorde's "Melodrama"

To be quite frank, when lead single Green Light came out, I wasn't hugely impressed. A song about Lorde yearning for her ex, its electro-pop influences were at best jarring (even if that's exactly what was intended). But listen to the rest of Melodrama, you will find a surprisingly mature, well-crafted set of minimalist songs (Sober II being the high point) that puts her voice front and centre. It's perhaps pop music at its ambitious best. Stream the whole album below (or via Spotify) -