Just a few short years ago, Lorde was a shy and awkward schoolgirl in New Zealand. Then she wrote and recorded the song Royals, which she gave away free to anyone who wanted it. It was either an act of great generosity or masterful marketing, but probably both. Almost instantly the then 16 year old transformed herself into a pop princess. Her unique voice and extraordinary songwriting ability catapulted her to music stardom. Now, four years later, there’s a second coming. Lorde is back with new music and a highly anticipated – and applauded – new album. And as Allison Langdon discovered, she’s as intelligent, quirky and wonderful as ever.

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