Review by Hannah Dent, with photography by John Dent.
Sun, a bit of mystery, but most of all, good music… that’s what we are promised by Caro Emerald tonight, as she enters the stage at the Royal Albert Hall, for the first London show of her ‘Emerald Island’ tour (she is returning to London’s Roundhouse on April 29th).
I’ve always liked what I’ve heard from Caro Emerald in the past, although that was most what I’d heard through my radio, so there are many of Caro’s songs I’d never heard before tonight and I’d never been to the Royal Albert Hall so I was looking forward to this one.
Well, I was blown away by both. The stunning venue combined with the show put on by Miss Emerald and her band almost made it feel like I’d been whisked away on holiday. I guess this is what she wanted us to feel with the backdrops of her own ‘Emerald Island’ and palm trees behind her, the upbeat tempo and feel good vibes of her music cementing this.
The place was full to the rafters for this sell out gig with a strong showing of clearly die hard fans who could not help themselves from getting up and dancing.
We heard most of the new material from the recently released ‘Emerald Island’ EP and although it went down well, it was songs like ‘Liquid Lunch’ and ‘That Man’ that that really got everyone on their feet, and I mean everyone one; I’m pretty sure that there wasn’t a single person sitting at those points…
She was confident from the start, and although maybe a bit more interaction may have been nice, it didn’t detract from the show one bit as she let her music do the talking as she transported us away from the everyday grind of work and worry!
The band were excellent too, keeping us more than entertained while Caro nipped off for costume changes, and as for the guitarist, I wish my husband could dance like that… There are a few more dates left of the UK leg of the tour, so if you get the chance I’d grab a ticket while you can…
Back It Up
Dr. Wanna Do
The Ghost of You
You Don’t Love Me
Just One Dance
A Night Like This