Review: Lorde is better than ever during Oakland concert

Lorde has been mighty good during her previous Bay Area performances, dating back to her sold-out show at the Fillmore in 2013 and including her recent main stage set at the 2017 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival.

Yet, she’s never been better than what fans witnessed on Tuesday night at the Oracle Arena.

“Oakland – Hello and welcome to the Melodrama World Tour,” Lorde said not long after taking the stage, opening up the roughly 90-minute set with an intoxicating “Sober.” It’s so nice to be back in the Bay Area.”

. @lorde opens show with SOBER at @OracleArena

— Jim Harrington (@jimthecritic) March 14, 2018

We’ve long known about her strong singing voice, so wonderfully showcased on 2013’s “Pure Heroine,” which stands as one of the best debuts in pop music history as well as arguably the finest album of the decade. But she’s added so much to her game since she toured in support of that first record.

Where do we start? Well, remember that teen vocalist who didn’t move much around much in concert? She’s gone, replaced by a 21-year-old superstar who is comfortable rocking a big arena stage. Lorde just exuded confidence and charisma as she continued through “Homemade Dynamite,” one of the 11 superb songs that you’ll find on her latest album, 2017’s “Melodrama.”

. @lorde hits w/ Homemade Dynamite at @OracleArena

— Jim Harrington (@jimthecritic) March 14, 2018

“Melodrama” might not have been the same kind of commercial juggernaut as “Pure Heroine,” which helps explain why Oracle Arena wasn’t sold out on Tuesday. But it’s certainly an amazing artistic achievement, which earned rave reviews and even ended up being nominated for album of the year at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Unfortunately, “Melodrama” lost out to Bruno Mars’ inferior “24K Magic.”

(More will be added to this review – so keep checking back.)

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

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