Our Version of Events Tour
O2 Academy, Liverpool
April 9th, 2012
1 hr 30 minutes.
Adele my well have been at the centre of a furore at The Brits when hoisted off stage so that Blur could perform an outdated set, but even more despicable was that Emeli Sande was not allowed any air time to receive her Critics Choice Award.
With Sande’s #1 selling album, Our Version of Events, being dubbed by many as the seminal album of 2012, the decision of ITV executives to exclude her ceremony is nothing short of disgraceful and it was with great anticipation that the sold out crowd inside the ridiculously hot o2 Academy auditorium awaited Ms Sande’s arrival and, once she hit the stage to belt out Daddy, they were nothing more than putty in her hands.
The rich, chocolaty texture of the Glaswegian singer/songwriter’s vocals are not only captivating, there lies within a range of melodic beauty that is staggering. Breaking the Law is just one example of many during this performance and is so close to stylistic perfection it almost brings tears to the eyes.
Superbly well delivered though all of her songs are, Emeli Sande is at her best when there is an edge to her work and Suitcase, Mountains and the unbelievably beautiful Read All About It Part III underline just what a master composer of words and music she is.
Yet it is not only this that impresses but also the manner in which she commands a stage, cajoling and interacting with her audience as though they are old friends, imploring them to sing with her and then, instantly, demanding their rapt attention during renditions of songs as poignant as My Kind of Love and Where I Sleep.
After an hour and twenty minutes, her first major single, Heaven, is finally given an extended outing – much to the delight of the assembled – before Next To Me brings the show to a glorious climax that has everybody in attendance jumping for joy and roaring for more.
Emeli Sande may not, in the eyes of ITV, be worthy of note but anybody with any idea of what is great about British music at the moment must surely have marked Emeli Sande down as a principal exponent of her craft.
A Heavenly performance that will very definitely live long in the memory.
April 10 - Glasgow, Old Fruitmarket
April 12 - Manchester, HMV Ritz
April 13 - Cardiff, Solus
April 14 - Birmingham, HMV Institute
April 16 - London, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
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