Lorde made a lasting impression with her 2013 debut album Pure Heroine and its lead single the inescapable and exceptionally good “Royals”. The 17 year old singer has a hypnotic voice with catchy and addictive lyrics and on Saturday Sep 27 Lorde brought her talents to the Stir Concert Cove in Council Bluffs. Playing to a sold out audience of 4, 200 people the singer was captivating.
After the two-man opening act Canadian Majical Cloudz, Lorde took the stage a little after nine. She and her two bandmates opened the show with “White Teeth Teens”. The crowd, mostly young, dressed in black and boots, clamored in front of the stage. It didn’t really matter though where you were in the venue her exceptional, hypnotic voice carried. Playing almost every song off of “Pure Heroine”, including “400 Lux,” “Buzzcut Season,” and “Ribs,” she supplemented her rather small catalogue with Bon Iver cover “Heavenly Father” and an exceptional Kanye West cover “Flashing Lights.”
The responsive audience danced along to the songs and responded to Lorde’s infectious stage presence. She twirled, jumped and moved to the lyrics. Before launching into her breakout hit “Royals” she gave a heartfelt thank you to the audience for sharing the journey with her. It was the one-year anniversary of her albums release and you could tell how moved she was by all the attention. She spoke about “Pure Heroine” and it’s special meaning to her. She called it her diary from age 12 to 16 and seemed almost taken aback by the love that her fans showed her.
She closed the show with powerful versions of “Team” and “A World Alone”, under a glittering marquee that read, “Tonight! The tragic and wonderful triumphal procession of Lorde.” It was that finale that you could feel the real energy, with flashing, pulsating lights and bubbles released over the crowd it was an extraordinary conclusion to the evening.
“Council Bluffs, thank you so much,” she said as she left the stage. “Thank you for coming out, thank you for making this so beautiful. I love you.”