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Review: Lorde’s ‘Melodrama’ world tour entrances audience

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Review: Lorde’s ‘Melodrama’ world tour entrances audience

Star-shaped confetti falls onto the audience during the last song

Star-shaped confetti falls onto the audience during the last song "Team."

Photo by Alonzo Lepper

Star-shaped confetti falls onto the audience during the last song "Team."

Photo by Alonzo Lepper

Photo by Alonzo Lepper

Star-shaped confetti falls onto the audience during the last song "Team."

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Lorde, Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, performed at the American Airlines Center on Sunday, March 18 to a lackluster crowd size. Although she announced her tour back in June of 2017 soon after the release of her second album “Melodrama,” her tour has not sold well; this is a common occurrence amongst pop stars currently though, as even her friend Taylor Swift has yet to sell out any of her future dates.

The Melodrama World tour kicked off its United States leg on Thursday, March 1 at the Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has 32 scheduled shows with the final stop in Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday, April 15. Dallas was the 12th show and proved to be successful despite a low crowd outturn. The floor section and high seating in the arena seemingly sold well, but the middle sections were littered with empty seats.

The doors to the arena opened at 6 p.m. and allowed fans to explore the tour merchandise booths and concession stands before finding their seats. The show began a little after 7 with Tove Styrke as the first opening act. She performed to an empty arena as only a few hundred people were in their seats when she began. After attempting to amp up the crowd for 20 minutes with little attention given from fans, Styrke left the stage as the next openers prepared.

The rap duo Run the Jewels was the second and last opening act. The performance seemed to go on forever and fell upon deaf ears; they clearly had a different vibe than the audience in attendance and this reflected in audible sighs of unamusement from the crowd. After more than 30 minutes on stage of failed entertainment and mumbled songs, the duo finally ended their tyranny as the stage was set for the main focus of the night.

There was a 30 minute period in between the openers and start of the actual concert as fans eagerly awaited their idol. Fog filled the arena right before Lorde went onto stage; the arena went completely dark before being lit up by purple and pink hues as fans cheered to the opening song of “Sober.” Midway through the first song, Lorde paused and apologized and asked the crowd to patiently wait as the lighting and microphones were fixed to her liking.

Afterwards she restarted from the beginning and kicked off a concert experience true to her persona. Lorde intertwined fan favorites from her first album “Pure Heroine” such as “Buzzcut Season,” “400 Lux,” “Ribs” and her most successful song, “Royals,” with the entirety of “Melodrama” except for “Liability (Reprise).”

Lorde’s detailed set design included a transparent container that was lifted over the stage as dancers followed along to the music. Each song had different visuals with video clips that related to specific lyrics accompanied by lighting that captivated the audience with shades of blue and pinks.

There was an outfit change every few songs, and the best outfit of the night was a pink ruffled dress that perfectly suited her title as a pop princess. She danced the night away in her unapologetically weird way and encouraged the audience to do the same, allowing the rhythm to flow throughout her body as she danced.

Although the arena was not sold out, Lorde’s show was a match for any crowd. She demonstrated her artistry as a multitalented musician and showed off her vocal abilities by adding an extra oomph of alchemy during her performances. The crowd was entranced by her magic energy, and when the show was finally over they demanded an encore. After a quick five minute break, Lorde returned to the stage and performed an unreleased song entitled “Precious Metals” and finished the night with “Team” as the crowd sang every word.

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