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article imageReview: Lorde gives New York City's Roseland Ballroom a 'royal' treatment Special

By Markos Papadatos     Mar 13, 2014 in Music
On March 12, global music superstar and multi-Grammy winner Lorde played for a sold-out crowd at New York City's Roseland Ballroom.
She commenced her set with "Glory and Gore" as the stage was graced in a black backdrop and she blended in with the black outfit that she was wearing, yet her vocal performance was rich and haunting.
As the backdrop was lowered, her stage was unveiled, revealing her two fellow band-members, a drummer and keyboardist/synthesizer who accompanied her on "Biting Down," as blue laser lights were propelling from the stage.
"You are awesome," Lorde told the audience. "Welcome to our third and final night at Roseland. It's so good to see you."
Lorde continued with the sultry "Tennis Court," where green and purple lights alternated from the stage, as a chandelier prop lit up.
It was followed by "White Teeth Teens," which was an electrifying and charismatic vocal, as the stage was decorated appropriately in white lights, capturing the mood of the song.
"Thank you," she said, following the song's warm reception.
"Buzzcut Season" commenced with a drum solo and it subsequently inspired her fans to sway from side to side.
Her cover of The Replacements' "Swingin' Party" was bold and it would have certainly made the iconic rock group members proud. It showcased her raspy vocals and dynamic range.
Lorde belted out "Still Sane" kneeling down, as confetti drizzled from the venue's ceiling, as brick red lights brightened the stage, bring out the song's intensity.
In" 400 Lux," she had large video screens that were displaying vivid pictures from the viewpoint of a passenger's car windows, thus taking her audience members on a journey with her as she delivered a controlled and sultry version of the tune.
She continued with the smooth "Bravado," and her rendition of alternative musician Son Lux's "Easy" was quite impressive.
"Thank you," she said graciously.
Prior to singing "Ribs," she introduced the song and her inspiration behind it. The New Zealand songstress noted that she penned "Ribs" on a Monday when her parents were away and she threw a house party, where she and her best friend, Zach, shared the same bed, yet she just laid there, unable to sleep due to her fear of adulthood.
"Writing songs for me is a comfort," she explained, and subsequently thanked the 3,000 attendees of the Roseland Ballroom for seeing her tonight, the majority of which are the same age as her, and even dressed similar to the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter.
"You are here because you get it. Thank you so much," she said.
Lorde went on to sing "Ribs," where she poured all her heart and sweat into the performance, wowing the crowd yet again.
She continued with her chart-topping single and breakthrough hit "Royals," where every audience member was singing the chorus' lyrics back to her, proving that it was one of the highlight songs of the night. "Royals" involved an elaborate background that displayed different types of crowns.
My personal favorite vocal of the evening was her version of her current single "Team," which was hypnotic and utterly fantastic.
She concluded her set with her final vocal, "A World Alone."
The Verdict
Overall, Lorde did a superb job at New York's Roseland Ballroom. She really gave her New York fans a "royal" treatment of the best music out there. Her vocals were soothing, distinct and heavenly. She possesses one of the most calming voices in contemporary music and a great deal of raw talent, both as a singer and songwriter. There is nobody else like her on modern radio and for a 17-year-old performer, she truly has an old soul. If one has not heard Lorde sing in a live setting, then their life is not complete. Her live concert garnered 5 out of 5 stars.
For more information on music sensation Lorde, visit her Facebook page.
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