So, saw her in Manc last night.
Do we need to add spoiler warnings for the show? I feel like perhaps it might be needed…anyway.
The idea behind the show, I thought, was pretty spectacular. It was so different to other shows I have ever really been to. Theatrical, yes - but unique and really powerful. Quite surreal and bizarre really…almost Lynchian. The way she drifts about on the stage with balaclava clad helpers moving the mic stand, new guitar every song. The lighting I thought was really quite something. It really added to the atmosphere. The opening set was fantastic, and despite my misgivings with the backing track as per below - I did think the reworked instrumentations were really tasteful. I’m enjoying parts of her new record, but the second set I couldn’t shake the niggling feeling it’s my least favourite of her albums, but I thought the visuals complimented things really well.
The backing track pulled me out of the experience quite a bit. The performance itself was really quiet, so much so I could hear casual conversations taking place around me. I wanted to be engulfed and sadly wasn’t. Having seen her half a dozen times, I must admit too, my preference would be to see her play with her band who are all such rich characters. Those shows had an urgency and particularly the very early self titled shows, were just so exciting. This was obviously very different, but then that is part of her charm. I can’t think of anyone like her doing what she’s doing at her level. She’s a once in a generation talent, seemingly changing it up each time she puts out a record, which should be applauded.