Lorde - Comerica Theatre - 4/17/2014
Melissa Fossum Lorde played Comerica Theatre on April 17.
"I'm terrified of being an adult," Lorde told a packed house toward the end of her concert Thursday night at Comerica Theatre.
Given the way the 17-year-old songstress' debut album, Pure Heroine, dominated the latter half of 2013, and given her lyrics -- coolly defiant celebrations of suburbia, rejections of pop culture excesses -- you can see why the dominant narrative (and by that I mean a 17-year-old wary of the spotlight her expert songwriting propelled her into) surrounding her is so pervasive. Her biggest hit, "Royals," an inescapable song of the summer, contains lyrics famously derisive of the wealthy lifestyle music stars love to brag about -- "I've never seen a diamond in the flesh," "We'll never be royals / It don't run in our blood." In the same song, she offers an alternative. "Let me be your ruler / You can call me Queen Bee."
But to call her precocious -- she is 17, after all -- would be demeaning. She's mature, and she carries herself like someone who knows exactly what she's doing. It was clear throughout the night that she was the one in charge; her creative vision dominated the night.
She's the anti-Miley Cyrus. Look at Hannah Montana's latest tour, complete with multiple costume changes, elaborate sets, and raunchy dance moves, and you'll see a completely different type of star's performance, one that relies on sensual over-saturation and overt sexualization to enthrall audiences. Lorde's live show sits on the opposite end of the spectrum. Everything about her performance was about as minimalistic as pop stars with number one hits can get.