"This song is old," Ella Yelich-O'Connor explained on stage at the Tower Theater Saturday night, by which she meant "Bravado" dates all the way back to 2012. But if the timeline for the 17-year-old, who performs as Lorde, is short, it's also eventful. Her first recording, a free online EP called The Love Club, was released in late 2013; a hotly anticipated album, Pure Heroine, followed in September; last night, on her first U.S. tour, she had the sold-out Tower singing along to her version of the Replacements' "Swingin' Party," recorded before most ticketholders were born.
With a recorded oeuvre totaling just 14 original songs - she augmented it with that 'Mats cover and Son Lux's "Easy," but subtracted The Love Club's title track and "Million Dollar Bills" - Lorde could hold the stage for only little over an hour, wisely forgoing the charade of an encore. (The Pixies' Black Francis recently said the band denied the audience an encore at their last Electric Factory show because they hadn't earned it; perhaps Yelich-O'Connor knows she hasn't, either.)