Twenty year old, precociously talented Lorde follows up her wildly successful debut album (2013’s “Pure Heroine”) with “Melodrama”, which is five times better than her pretty great debut- an album which simultaneously shows major music growth, is a cohesive artistic statement and contains a collection of amazing songs and singles. It’s the best pure pop album of 2017 and one of the best albums I’ve heard this year. Thematically “Melodrama” concerns the trials and tribulations of teenage life on the precipice of your adulthood. It’s a concept that’s been explored before for sure but Lorde’s expert writing makes the songs fee lived-in, authentic and autobiographical. The highlights are many- lead single “Green Light”, “The Louvre”, “Homemade Dynamite”, “Supercut” and album closer “Perfect Places”. It’s the type of album that could be generating hits for several years. Is Lorde the voice of her generation?