For me, I loved seeing her vulnerability in between songs. After performing the very sexy and seductive 'Don't Wanna Say', she goes into her first detailed monologue of the evening talking about a person falling in and out of feelings, which she clarifies as 'depression'. She goes on to say, "It's OK to not be OK sometimes. We all need each other to get through this life -- it's not an easy life. Alot of people love you and you can be that person for yourself always." With the dancers having exited the stage, alongside her bass player only, she performs a very introspective "Falling". In an emotionally-similar song choice, she immediately goes into next song "Scattered".
While I loved hearing her opening up and relating to her fans, probably my favorite performance of hers this evening came in the form of "Sorry". The switch to the 6-4 time signature, more R&B feel with this one, and the more complicated vocal runs showcased the technical talents of her voice, and gave her more street credibility as a musician for me. She's very pretty, and very relatable with her fans; because of this, having observed her these first few songs, I think it's easy to not give her the proper credit she deserves for her vocal abilities, but this song did it for me, and showed me what she was capable of. I liked hearing the tenderness in her high notes on this one, as well.
She breaks into another personal monologue as she introduces the next song. For this one, she calls out that this particular song hadn't yet actually been released. Further describing: "When a relationship ends, and the respect is still there? Let go on the note of love, and not on saltiness. Sometimes some of us have some saltiness on our souls and this is not what this is about." With "Always Love", her background dancers didn't dance alongside her this time as they had been doing for the first few songs; rather, they were truly in the background and performed more of an interpretive dance for this one. I enjoyed "Sorry", but again, Lauren moved me with this respectful ode to love.
For her finale, she takes it back to the song 'that started it all', and we hear her perform 'Expectations' which seems to embody every positive trait I observed in the other 9 songs of this set.
Lauren Jauregui is a sleeper: her fans love her because she's likable, and highly popular for it. But her music is different (in a good way). The rhythms are different, the lyrics are more significant, and the talent is significantly more present, than what you find with your regular 'pop star'. Listen to the lyrics, and try to understand the complexity of what she does with her voice, and you'll appreciate her for more than just being another pretty face. She's got a ton of talent, and I am so looking forward to seeing her headline her own tour in the future!