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My Top 5 for 2009

December 31st, 2009

After 42 shows in 50 weeks, heres my top 5:

#1 - Bobby McFerrin @ Royal Festival Hall
for his playfulness, outstanding performance, and inspirational interaction with the audience.

#2 - Max Richter @ Union Chapel
for his beautiful melancholic music, and perfectionin performance.

#3 - Alex Lloyd @ The Troubadour
for the heartfelt simplicity of his songwriting and performance.

#4 - Andrew Bird @ Union Chapel
for playfully weaving beautiful melodies with little else but himself.

#5 - Fever Ray @ The Forum
for their eye poppingly slick production and dark ambience.

In particular, Bobby and Andrew and a particular Buckley-ish flavour to their shows, with their energy on stage, and musical playfulness. A special mention goes out to Noah and the Whale @ Crisis Hidden Gig, Tori Amos @ The Savoy, Bob Brozman @ The Half Moon, and Massive Attack @ Brixton Academy.

Samples:
Bobby_McFerrin-Sweet_Home_Chicago.mp3
Max_Richter_-_On_the_Nature_of_Daylight.mp3
Alex_Lloyd_-_Beautiful.mp3
Andrew_Bird_-_Why.mp3
Fever_Ray_-_Keep_The_Streets_Empty.mp3

Massive Attack - Brixton Academy, 18 September, 2009

September 27th, 2009

Massive AttackFor the 2nd week in a row I find myself in awe of the production and sound at a live show, this time with Massive Attack. The style in which the executed their show was an awesome experience. The ever dynamic ensemble of Massive Attack performed with any number between 2 and over 7 people on stage, yet the sound never seemed to be compromised. In full flight - double drums, brooding bass, ripping synth and guitar riffs, silky vocal melodies - and for all the layers, there still seemed to be space in their music.

While so many other bands of their generation are washed out parodies of themselves, Massive Attack have kept their vision and resolve, and are still very much relevant today. Apart from musically hitting the mark, their show was well targetted. The weekly trash-filled headlines flashed across their backing screens, followed by more thought provoking political newslines, as if beckoning us to form our own opinions. Then, in a simply epic 8 minute version of ‘Safe From Harm’, inspirational quotes on freedom and current politics encouraging the audience to think for themselves.

They are just about to release a new EP - ‘Splitting The Atom’, to precurse a new album arriving early next year. So steam on the Massive Attack Juggernaut - if you get a chance, go check them out - I was suprised how much I enjoyed this show.

a sample:

Massive_Attack_-_Safe_From_Harm.mp3