The result of such a competent mix of genres was a very impressed crowd, who danced and sang, reacting most potently to Too Late Too Late and One Specific Thing, both of which are due to be released on the 5th of May on their studio album Tale of Two Cities, the name being not only a reference to Charles Dickens but also, perhaps, an insight into Mr Hudsons (the man) life growing up in Birmingham and later living in London.
As well as being an interesting listen, The Library were also very aesthetically pleasing due to their retro attire and the very fact that there was a steel drum on stage had a lasting novelty. The band members themselves were loving it. The pianist in particular (Torville Jones) was a joy to watch, playing relatively simple chord based music, something that he could no doubt play with his eyes closed, but nevertheless putting every ounce of energy into it.
Mr Hudson and the Library were an intriguing and energetic watch; A perfect start to the evening.
A striking mix of culture is perhaps the appealing thing about Amy Winehouse. Her dresses and long silk gloves as well as the classy bluesy music she performs suggest class and high culture. What instantly sets her apart, however, is the multitude of tattoos inked generously over her body. Her lyrical content is also at odds with the ideal her sound initially puts across, singing in parts about rehab and sometimes questioning what all this fuckery is.
This innovative mix of image is not reflective in Amy Winehouses live act however, which wasnt at all as interesting. One of the most striking things about the whole experience was the fact that despite the applause her loyal fans were giving, Amy Winehouse did not seem at all interested in being there. This is probably a part of her image as a classy girl with an attitude but if it was the act didnt wash. In complete contrast the backing singers were the light of the show. They danced and sang with energy and looked like a coloured version of the blues brothers.
Musically the band is talented and played well, not spectacularly, but well. The crowd, on the whole, seemed to be enjoying themselves, but a large group of them seemed disinterested and stood at the back drinking and talking loudly. This added to a disappointing night overall as the band obviously couldnt captivate the whole of the audiences attention for more that quarter of an hour which is somewhat underwhelming for a sell out band.
What did impress was the beautiful stage set, backed with curtains and furnished with ornate lamps, which did go so far in creating an appropriate atmosphere for the evening. The atmosphere was lost unfortunately in the seemingly disinterested crowd and the unenthusiastic performer.
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