With her sick songwriting skills, quirky dancing, and “unconventional” beauty, Lorde has been a force to be reckoned with from the moment she stepped onto the scene as an awkward, broody teenager. Now in her early 20s, she has since taken on a more vibrant persona. She’s also shared with us her delightful sense of humor.
Don’t say you’ve already forgotten her highly respected Instagram account dedicated to onion rings!
When she returned with new music attached to an album, I was a little concerned. “Green Light” had an explosion of upbeat energy I was unfamiliar with in association with Lorde. The day it appeared on Spotify, I kept it on repeat for hours…but I didn’t like it. The song to my ears was like a kidney rejecting its new host.
Nothing could prepare me, though, for “Sober.” Like some of the greatest Pop tracks before it, “Sober” conveys a tremendous amount of emotional strife while still somehow propelling listeners to dance through it all. The way the beat slithers through time with its own sense of urgency and sexiness is not to be underappreciated. Once the Melodrama album was released, I loved it immediately.
When a colleague Slacked me that he had an extra pair of tickets to Lorde’s Melodrama World Tour, I immediately asked when, where and how much. As expected, Ms. Yelich-O’Connor brought her tour to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The show, as I did not expect, started promptly at 9 PM.
She started the show with “Sober” which definitely set the mood. Her voice was undeniable but what was momentarily confusing was the fact that she was nowhere to be seen. For the first verse and, I believe, into the chorus, Lorde wasn’t even on the stage. Difficulties with wardrobing or the way she was meant to enter the stage? She continued with hit after hit always keeping the audience on their feet.
Jack Antonoff, one of the album’s key producers, made a cameo where he and Lorde performed an acoustic cover of St. Vincent’s “New York” (Antonoff also co-wrote and produced that track). It was a beautiful choice and Lorde did a pretty solid job. What was most interesting, though, is when the song concluded and Lorde coyly asked Antonoff to stick around on the stage even though he hadn’t worked on the track she was about to perform. She then kicked off one of her musicians, acknowledged it was unprofessional and went with it anyway.
Here comes the hard part of the conversation. Lorde is a sensational songwriter and her production is always top notch but seeing her live left me wanting more. Let’s be real: she’s not a vocalist and she’s not the most dynamic performer. As she bounced back and forth between her albums, it was revealed how similar most of her music actually is.
Put your pitchforks down! This is not always a bad thing.
I appreciate when a musical act sticks with what brought them fame. It’s better that she “know her lane” and have fun with it. There’s nothing worse than a pop star trying to poorly “experiment” so they can find themselves. Lorde does moody Pop very well, Melodrama shows a clear maturation, and she’s got me on the hook waiting to see how she continues to evolve.
All of that being said, I had a good time at the show. Was it the best concert I’ve ever been to? Not even close. It also wasn’t the worst. At the end of the day, I think where Lorde is concerned, I’m okay with sticking to Spotify from now on.