"We order different drinks at the same bars..." Here's to hoping that this, one of the opening lines of Lorde's new single "Green Light," isn't a sign of volatility in a relationship. The pop star, currently in full-bore promotion-mode to support her upcoming new record Melodrama, hit the notoriously unforgiving Saturday Night Live stage over the weekend. It's usually enough not to embarrass yourself on Studio 8H's stage; Lorde, in fact, did a great job.

First up was "Green Light," a relatively straightforward breakup anthem that's been called "house-y" but is actually, with its propulsive piano line, more movie-montage-y than anything else (and will no doubt serve that purpose by year's end). Lorde's camera stares may have been disconcerting, but her voice, rich and creaked like cut wood, was present and her dancing, bad and with abandon, is the sort we could use more of on America's premier stages.

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