There are bound to be some varied and strong opinions about this EP but, whatever you think, it is certainly refreshing that an artist is capable of surprising us.
Vaudeville is more of an event than a record; from beginning to end, it provides dramaturgical moments and plot-driven songs.
The band have a reputation for their powerful, spirited live shows; translating this trademark energy onto a recording must have been quite a challenge, but Love Army does the job with aplomb.
Along with a polished and poignant set of songs, Prass’ great asset is her fresh, affecting voice that has a touch Kate Bush or Tori Amos, while channelling those great songstresses of the seventies.
The overwhelming impression from listening to Fresh Blood is how deeply White cares about his craft. He meticulously uses the methods of the past without being stuck in the past, delivering a collection of refreshing, well constructed songs that make for an outstanding album, an offering of great substance.
Having had careers spanning decades, the genuine happiness radiating from both performers was heartening; their energy was reminiscent of young stars taking to an arena gig for the first time, but their skill was far from novice.
Stunning three-part harmonies by front-woman Yasmine Weatherall, drummer Peter Vawser and acoustic guitarist Tonia Brooks are enough to send shivers down the spine…
Check out our snaps from Seth Sentry’s ‘Run’ gig last night at The Gov.
Knopfler, who was always the least fashionable of rock stars, is only interested in producing the kind of music he wants to make. In this respect he is reflected in the character in “Skydiver” who sings ‘I don’t give a damn about a thing’. In an era dominated by manufactured music this is a refreshing approach, and has culminated in one of Knopfler’s best solo albums.
Bruce took us through a short and sweet set of favourites, mostly from Alive III and Revenge. (If you’re a KISS fan, you’ll know that this album is over 20 years old now – it was released in 1993 and went gold in 1994.)