Being wise beyond your years gets old before you know it, Lorde finds out on Melodrama. The New Zealand songwriter was 16 in 2013 when she took the charts by surprise with "Royals," a song that signaled that she was an uncommonly accomplished teenage craftswoman not the least bit interested in the accoutrements of commercial success. "Gold teeth, Grey Goose . . . ball gowns, trashin' the hotel room": the singer born Ella Yelich-O'Connor was having none of it.