Lorde's new track Liability: the world reacts

Lorde's intimate new single Liability is captivating fans around the world.
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Lorde's intimate new single Liability is captivating fans around the world.

Lorde's latest track is winning fans around the world.

The Kiwi songstress dropped intimate piano ballad Liability on Friday morning.

The song shot straight to number one on Billboard and Twitter's Trending 140 chart.

Billboard wrote a whole list-icle in praise of the track, naming seven features of the song that made it "a stunner".

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"The thing is an absolute jaw-dropper," Andrew Unterberger wrote, citing the silent intro, the "bruised and weakened" chorus, and the lyrics' use of singular first-person as reasons for the song's success.

Rolling Stone called the song "poignant" and hailed Lorde's "dextrous vocal performance".

In a slightly more left-field perspective on the track, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton called it "the saddest song she's ever made".

"Seriously, if Liability represents the Team singer's real feelings of loneliness, we ALL need to give her a digital hug!" he said.

Another famous fan is Hayley Williams, lead singer of emo band Paramore, who you might remember from the Twilight soundtrack.

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Her reaction was a simple two-word reply to Lorde's tweet announcing the song's release: "holy s***".

Lorde's collaborator on the track, Jack Antonoff, has tweeted about making the song. He said he was "so thrilled" Liability was out in the world.

He said he and Lorde - real name Ella Yelich-O'Connor - wrote the song in his apartment. They tried playing it with and then without felt dampeners on the piano strings to get the "perfect damp" sound, he said.

He said the final recording felt live because many moments were taken from demos.

Liability is Lorde's second song is as many weeks after more than three years since the release of her hit debut album, Pure Heroine.

It follows Green Light, a more upbeat, house-influenced dance track.

Both songs are early teases for Lorde's new album, Melodrama, which is out June 10.

 - Stuff

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