New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde has released the deluxe edition of her third studio album, ‘Solar Power.’
The deluxe version feature two bonus tracks titled “Helen of Troy” and “Hold No Grudge.”
Lorde release Solar Power through Universal Music on 20 August 2021. The singer wrote and produced the album with American musician Jack Antonoff, whom she worked with on her second studio album, Melodrama (2017), as well.
According to Lorde, Solar Power was inspired by her trip to Antarctica, and that she “felt like [she] could just chill out and flex a little bit” while creating the record.
Classified by Lorde as her “weed album”, Solar Power is a psychedelic pop and indie folk effort driven by acoustic guitar arrangements, marking a departure from the synth-heavy, dance-oriented music of her previous works.
Solar Power’s lyrics revolve around solipsism and summer escapism, mainly focusing on Lorde’s leisure time in her homeland New Zealand, simultaneously expressing her disdain for fame and celebrity culture.
The album polarised music critics, who admired Lorde’s matured vocals, but were divided over its songwriting; some reviewers praised the laid-back music and perceptive themes, while the rest considered its sound unfinished and lyrics dispassionate.
Commercially, Solar Power reached number one in Australia and New Zealand, and charted inside the top-10 in Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Scotland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It additionally topped the U.S. Billboard Alternative Albums chart.
In promotion of the album, Lorde is scheduled to embark on her third concert tour, titled the Solar Power Tour, starting in February 2022. It will cover Oceania, North America, and Europe.