Jazz Cafe, London
added: 14 Oct 2013
// gig date: 12 Oct 2013
reviewer: David Spencer
If you have seen the Alan Partridge film Alpha Papa, you will be familiar with Roachford's late eighties hit Cuddly Toy, which features prominently. It is the song that the singer will always be remembered for by the majority of people not familiar with his subsequent work. In the two decades since, Roachford has produced some classy soul-pop, often welcomed by radio but commercially less successful than that debut hit.
This is the open night of Roachford's latest UK tour - and London's Jazz Cafe is buzzing as the singer arrives on stage at 9pm to run through some of the songs from his two decade career - as well as trying out his new material. Looking pretty good for someone who is now in the latter half of their fifth decade, Andrew Roachford shares the stage with a tight group of musicians, including his brother Stephen.
The album (released in the UK last month) has that soulful and silky feel that has become Roachford's trademark and the title track and the delightful Without You are well received. But the crowd really begins to move with the likes of The Way I Feel and We Can Work It Out. His voice sounds as good as ever and he once again proves that those not familiar with anything after Cuddly Toy are missing out.
His UK tour continues with dates in Leicester, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Norwich, Manchester, Brighton and Bristol. More details here:
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