'A voice for a generation' - Lorde hailed for her comeback Coachella performance

Critics are praising Lorde as musical innovator who is becoming the "voice of a generation" after her first Coachella performance since 2014.

Lorde performs on the Coachella Stage during day three of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival
Lorde performs on the Coachella Stage during day three of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Source: Getty

Over the weekend the Kiwi songstress performed to more than 100,000 festival-goers in California, singing her best hits as well as previewing a new song from her upcoming album Melodrama. 

The multi-day concert has an all-star line-up of performers and among them this year was the girl from Devonport. Source: 1 NEWS

The Grammy award winning artist opened her first major show in more than two years with Tennis Court from Pure Heroine, leading into her latest hits. 

In what Billboard described as a "far cry from her stripped down performance" in 2014, Lorde's full-production set was full of lights, dancing and even a box full of dancers replicating a club scene. 

It was the latest in her ongoing slew of surprises that had international media including the Rolling Stone and Billboard talking.

She premiered new track, Homemade Dynamite from her upcoming album Melodrama, which appeared to be received warmly from the crowd and critics. 

Other singles from the album she's debuted include Green Light, Liability and a new song called Sober, she sang during a sold-out small scale show in California on Sunday.

Melodrama is set for release in June this year.

It wasn't just her unique dance moves or powerful voice that necessarily had critics gushing, but the way she took every opportunity to address the crowd which felt "genuine" according to Billboard.

Even if some of her banter "sailed over some heads" it was her "self-belief and delivery" that worked, alongside her music that is "too well-crafted to fail", The Guardian reports.

"One thing that's clear is that in her absence, Lorde has inspired a slew of sound-alike artists, essentially creating a genre and potentially becoming a voice for a generation," Billboard said of the artist.

Festival-goers and artists alike had only good things to say about the Kiwi superstar's comeback to Coachella.