Lorde - or Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor, if you prefer - is a 16-year-old New Zealander who has been on the books of major label Universal since she was 13. Her mother is a poet and she cites American short story maestro Raymond Carver among her literary influences. Cleverly, she cites Lana Del Ray as one of her musical touchstones, which pulls the sting of the inevitable comparisons. In fact, Pure Heroine is a better debut than Del Ray's. In part because it has less to live up to - the American's smash single Video Games set the bar so high her album couldn't possible match it - but also because of the songwriting and production of fellow Kiwi Joel Little. Tellingly, he has a co-writer credit on every song and in his hands Pure Heroine shoots along on a fix of dark electropop. Lorde has more than enough sultry charisma to match it. Her lyrics, meanwhile, are confessional and diary-esque and come loaded with that mixture of cockiness and confusion which is the teenager's lot. It's a hard thing to fake, which is what makes her such an apparently authentic proposition.