Tove Lo – Terminal 5 – October 21, 2015
The Swedes have a tradition of crafting infectious pop, from ABBA to Ace of Base to Robyn. And who hasn’t heard of pop-producer extraordinaire, Max Martin? Tove Lo is no different from her countrymen, having penned Top 40 hits, like her own “Habits (Stay High),” Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” and Hilary Duff’s “Sparks.” Lo reverts to darker material when writing her own material, which sets the singer-songwriter apart from the current pop princesses. Her appearance also shies away from the stereotypical Swedish blonde-haired, blue-eyes for a dark brunette. Lo’s outfits are pulled straight from the ’90s, complete with Cheap Mondays and Doc Martens.
Wearing a jumpsuit and fingerless gloves, last night Lo descended upon a sold-out Terminal 5 to close out her American tour. The barefoot performer opened with crowd favorite “Not on Drugs” and quickly commanded those in the audience to point their fingers in the air for “The Way That I Am.” Following a rousing rendition of her latest single, “Moments,” Lo shared how she had been at Terminal 5 three years ago for a show by her friends Icona Pop and dreamed about how awesome it would be to play that stage.
Her wishes were granted on Wednesday night, and Lo heartily thanked all in attendance for making those dreams come true. The singer turned up the sexy with “My Gun” and “Like Em Young” before switching to a song of heartbreak, “Over.” After a very brief musical intermission, Lo returned donning a studded motorcycle jacket, tights and Doc Martens. She resembled a naughty Leighton Meester gyrating back and forth across the stage. Adding to the salaciousness, the songstress stripped off her jacket to reveal some serious side boob and further punctuated “Talking Body” with a quick flash of her bosom as the chorus climaxed. Lo saved the best for last, ending her encore with her breakout single, “Habits (Stay High).” —Sharlene Chiu