Lorde's New Album Won't Be Like 'Pure Heroine' Because She's No Longer a Suburban Teen

Lorde is working on her follow-up album to the 2013 smash debut Pure Heroine. Most artists when working on their sophomore offerings aren't often the same age as some high school sophomores, but hey there you have it for the ethereal pop star from New Zealand. Her crossover appeal is so in demand that she's slated to open for Arcade Fire in the UK leg of their world Reflektor tour. Having these artists share the stage makes a lot of sense as Arcade Fire's The Suburbs and Lorde's Pure Heroine are both hauntingly emotive love letters to and from the suburbs, all over the globe.

However, don't expect the same youthful framework and safely fenced-in locales on Lorde's new album. In a recent interview with the BBC, Lorde commented,

I wrote the last album about that world which was the suburb where I grew up and populated by my friends and people who were really familiar to me. Now I’m in a different place every day and I’m with new people every day and it’s a different vibe.

Different is putting it lightly. 2013 proved to be a momentous year for the young star — landing her a chart-topping album, huge tours, and a slew of Grammys. Though we don't know for sure what she'll be delivering on her next album, we do know it will end up surprising us no matter what. Admittedly, Lorde's coming of age in the spotlight will certainly shake up the teenage growl that made up Pure Heroine. If we could make an album about being 17, here's how Lorde at 17 compares to pretty much everyone else at 17.

Lorde's Seventeen

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  1. Prague Dream
  2. Northern Lights
  3. Green Room Green Skin
  4. Rotting Halo
  5. Whispers in the Jet Engine
  6. Transatlantic Snapshot Romance
  7. Paris Was Never Ours
  8. Awards for Naught
  9. Crescendo
  10. Golden Lake

Everyone Else's Seventeen

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  1. I Forgot A Tampon & Had to Use a Free Pad from the Nurse's Office.
  2. Scars Inside My Lips (From these Braces)
  3. No Date for the Prom
  4. Marching Band Practice
  5. My Uncle's Old Car is My New Car
  6. First Kisses are Disappointing
  7. I Hate My Best Friend
  8. Parents Are Actually OK
  9. Nothing Fits
  10. Thankless Retail Jobs Pay for Nothing of Worth