Lorde sings Springsteen, talks Asbury Park at explosive N.J. concert:...

Lorde sings Springsteen, talks Asbury Park at explosive N.J. concert: review

Before she was Lorde, the decade-defining pop ingenue and spastic dance queen, she was Ella Yelich-O’Connor, just another artsy girl growing up in Devonport, a seaside New Zealand community and suburb of Auckland residing a cool 8,800 miles from New Jersey, as the kiwi flies (if it could fly, that is).

08 Nisan 2018 - 02:00

Before she was Lorde, the decade-defining pop ingenue and spastic dance queen, she was Ella Yelich-O’Connor, just another artsy girl growing up in Devonport, a seaside New Zealand community and suburb of Auckland residing a cool 8,800 miles from New Jersey, as the kiwi flies (if it could fly, that is).

But Lorde’s Garden State roots actually run quite deep. In 2014, she spent time in Asbury Park, recording “Yellow Flicker Beat” — the lead single to the “Hungers Games — Mockingjay, Part 1” film — at Lakehouse Recording Studios in town. At the time, she was rehearsing for a new tour at the Paramount Theatre and in between work she strode the boardwalk like any other 17-year-old, and even peddled a swan boat around Wesley Lake.

Then came her connecting with Jack Antonoff, the Bleachers electro-rock frontman, Grammy-winning fun. guitarist and virtuosic pop producer/co-writer who helped construe Taylor Swift’s world-beating “1989” sound and endlessly references his Bergen County upbringing. Antonoff co-wrote and produced most of Lorde’s sensational sophomore LP “Melodrama” — it was easily the best pop record of 2017 — and the pair performed together at The Stone Pony for an “MTV: Unplugged” special last year (the rumor mill suggests a deeper relationship).

But Lorde was all alone Friday night in Newark when she decided to go full-on Jersey girl and attempt a Bruce Springsteen song before a shrieking Prudential Center crowd, perhaps paying The Boss back for his own cover of Lorde’s breakthrough smash “Royals” at an Auckland concert in 2014.

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As an acoustic guitarist picked melodies somewhere in the shadows on her sparse stage, the glitter-doused superstar crooned “I’m On Fire” with her signature brooding rasp, and merged it with bits from her own “400 Lux” tune. Fans ate it up, raining “BROOCE” chants down as crowds around here are wont to do.

However memorable, the Bruce tribute might have been the relative valley in this bold, pulsating performance, which deftly showcased a young pop talent who, at 21, already feels like an accomplished artist well into her prime.

The setting Friday was decidedly modern and minimalist; a standard rectangular stage and five vertical screen panels behind which never factored much into the performance. Six contemporary dancers dressed in white came and went on the stage, interacting with the lone prop: a large plexiglass box into which the dancers would enter and sway as it raised and tilted 30 feet off the ground.

The Melodrama World Tour instead allowed its dazzling source material to pace the night. Across two albums, Lorde has yet to produce a dud song — each track from last year’s universally acclaimed “Melodrama” and her fan-worshipped 2013 debut “Pure Heroine” are redeemable, spectacularly penned alt-pop tunes that cater just as well to those who view their volatile youth as a bygone era as to those who are still out partying on school nights.

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Lorde herself professes a sort of party girl persona on stage, but she’s not so much the perfectly coiffed Instagram obsessor as the unkempt socialite stashed in the corner of the basement rave, dancing like it’s the end of the world. She was uninhibited and utterly herself, all pumping fists, flailing limbs and popping shoulders as she slunk around, occasionally partaking in some basic choreography with her dancers. It was refreshing to see a beloved pop star whose image isn’t quite so manufactured. Case in point: it was an hour into the 105-minute performance before she left the stage for a costume change. She much preferred to just hang out with 10,000 friends and jam.

The best bangers this night came courtesy of pumping newbie “Perfect Places” and ‘80s retro-tinged “Supercut,” as well as the propulsive one-two punch “Sober” and “Homemade Dynamite,” which opened the show and ignited the crowd straightaway.


Kaynak:Nj.com

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