Sergio Lopez is a cultural critic and historian, as well as city councilmember for Campbell, Calif. He graduated Yale University and currently studies at Duke Divinity School. He graduated Yale University and currently studies at Duke Divinity School. His work has appeared inTIMETeen VogueAmericaNational Catholic ReporterGeez, and more. His writing can be found here.

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Now If You're Looking For a Savior, Well, That's Not Lorde

by Sergio Lopez 08-26-2021

Lorde in 'Solar Power' via YouTube

Lost in much of the promotional hype leading up to Solar Power was the quiet news that in the interim between her previous album and her latest, Lorde had started therapy. Famously private, she didn’t share much more than that, but she doesn’t need to — and anyway, the new sonic landscape of the album speaks for itself. Whereas the propulsive and explosive beats of Melodrama mirrored the rhythm of thoughts racing out of your control, the bubbly basslines of Solar Power reflect the steady progression of growth she’s experienced in the years since.