The Tabernacle, London
added: 10 Oct 2013
// gig date: 30 Sep 2013
reviewer: Simon Chan
As part of a one-off show for his dedicated fans, James Blunt performed an intimate gig for his followers at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill in London on 30th September. The event showcased the English singer-songwriter and former army officer’s songs from both past and present. Staged upstairs in the Tabernacle and in front of a mature and appreciative crowd, Blunt delivered a slick live performance of his well-crafted songs to entertain the audience through his set of 15 strong songs.
His performance captured the true essence of James Blunt. Taking the crowd on a roller coaster journey through his ballads, it was evident that the night would be that of true emotion. Performing old time favourites including Goodbye My Lover, Wise Men and all the all-time signature hit You’re Beautiful, the respective fans were treated to an excellent display of live vocals from the man himself. Supported by the accompanying instruments and backing vocals, it made for a perfect combination of music delivery.
Currently promoting his soon to be released album Moon Landing, he performed songs including Face the Sun as the opening track, Heart to Heart, Miss America and Bonfire Heart, thus adding some additional tempo to the evening. Showcasing much of his new material to good effect, fans will be well treated with his new album, which is out at the end of October.
Overall, the gig was well executed, his vocals were on par and the set was well organised. James was able to get the crowd involved and added some additional humour between his songs. With the release of his new songs, it’ll be interesting to see whether he can break away from the mould and success of “You’re Beautiful”… Despite this, James is a credible artist who will continue to have a dedicated following and appeal.
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