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Lorde - No Better (Digital single cover)
by
Released December 19, 2014
Recorded 2013
Length 2:50
Producers Joel Little
Genres Alternative | Trip-hop
Label Lava Records | Republic Records
From Pure Heroine
"A World Alone" "No Better" "Bravado"

"No Better" is a promotional single released on the extended version of Pure Heroine. It was on iTune's Store's "12 Days of Gifts" Christmas promotion until December 19th. It is the fourth promotional single released by Lorde.

Background

Composition

"No Better" was written by Lorde and Joel Little. It is an electropop and trip hop ballad with hip hop elements. The song has a similar sonority to that of other songs from Pure Heroine, featuring Lorde's "feathery" vocals and minimal production. It incorporates "woozy" basslines, and "pulsing" synthesisers in its instrumentation. Lyrically, the song describes an infatuation during different seasons.

Reception

Critical Reception

Marc Hogan from Spin wrote that the song "flits between fairly vivid first-person details", while Whitney Phaneuf from HitFix labelled "No Better" a "sexy" track. Eric Danton of Rolling Stone opined that the lyrics of the song are "girlish and knowing". Writing for Slate, L. V. Anderson shared that "No Better" is reminiscent of some of the best tracks on Pure Heroine, but also "lighter, simpler [...] and more confectionary than most of her debut album", in spite of its dark theme.

Chart Performance

"No Better" entered the New Zealand Artists Singles Chart at number seven on 23 December 2013. It dropped to number nineteen the following week, before falling out of the chart.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
We roll in heavy summer when there's strength in our numbers
And your breath's hot and gross but I kiss you like a lover
Legs stick to the seats of the car someone grew into
I forget the knowledge from the lessons that I went to
And Jamie picks fights but they're weak and short lived
Because no one can be bothered when it's humid like this
And we roll in heavy summer like it's shameful to be underneath
The ceiling or a roof, try come out and steal our thunder

[Verse 2]
Now the days are getting cooler, and the burning of our limbs
Doesn’t happen quite as bad as the burn is just skin
Deep in the fantasies and dreams of the winter
Like the movies that we watched to pretend it wasn't winter
And everywhere we go I can feel the subtle taste
Of the deeds outgrown and the welcome overstayed
And you're no better at swimming than you were in the beginning
But you come over at night and we practice all the breathing

[Chorus] (x2)
Go all the way
Have your fun, have it all
So take it down
Get through the days
Do your thing, do it well
So take it down

[Bridge]
I'll pull the trick if I want to
I'll pull the trick and it comes true
I'm chewing gum and it's killing you
We're getting dead and it's the right way to do it
I see you happy in the front seat
I see you with all of your front teeth
You're allergic but you never said
We're getting dead and it's the right way

[Chorus] (x4)
Go all the way
Have your fun, have it all
So take it down
Get through the days
Do your thing, do it well
So take it down

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