I find your assumptions quite irritating.
I mean, you're the one wondering how people make time for an album they might enjoy?
I wonder how people still make time to listen to this when there is so much music for every situation in live that is lightyears ahead in every single way. Lorde herself outdid herself before. And it is not about 'where are the bops'. I think everybody would be fine with a bop free Lorde album if it would showcase what made her great. Nothing of it is here.
@dodoriazarbon specifically mentioned what seemed to be the crux of your critique, which is that this album does not tell you about who Lorde is as an artist right now and I think he's correct in saying that it does. You just don't like who that person is right now. Which, like he also said to you specifically, is fine.
Other people have indeed already mentioned Mood Ring as the highlight and yes, it is very good to me and indeed boosts that back half immensely but I don't think the assumption @dodoriazarbon makes is unfair, but maybe a bit off the mark in why people point to it. I think Mood Ring has the most...polish, which may also read as Radio Friendly but more it just sounds like it had the most attention put on it, which is what you want any song to sound like. He did not specifically call you out on that part of the post but it has been a thread to follow in this thread that people follow.
I had a somewhat similar feeling last year with Sufjan Stevens' The Ascension which left me feeling very cold in a dark time when I really wanted to rely on one of my favourite artists. There were ust didactic songs lacking in the hope that underpin some of his best work. I felt betrayed almost for a period of time, angry that he would want to preach to me from his place in New York, while he watched Drag Race with his friends and his boyfriend he can't even come out with. (And look, I'm not trying to say he has no right to be quiet about his sexuality, I just felt it unfair that he would wax endlessly about the lack of authenticity in the current world when he was not putting forth his most authentic self to a fanbase who could probably use it.)
Having that...almost blow to my, I guess, fandom helped me recalibrate my relationship with his art and honestly helped me reconsider my relationship to artists' in general.
All that to say, I also think the energy in this thread is weird but maybe calling the album a pointless piece of shit is indeed actually vitriol that it doesn't deserve?