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The Troubadour Club, London 29th January 2009

Back to the Troubadour after a two year gap to see Chris Singleton perform some new songs plus some favourites of his 'Twisted City' album. But first up a couple of supports, with Chris's backing vocalist John Gibbons taking centre stage for a couple of songs. He has a lovely soulful vocal not dissimilar to David McAlmont (he did two albums with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler) and enjoyable songs. Definitely an artist worth a further look.

Silverfall were next up, although reduced from their normal six piece to a duo, a female singer and male guitarist. They were not bad but really failed to grab my attention, but to be fair perhaps they sound better in full band mode.

Chris Singleton and band played a very enjoyable set mixing songs of his free to download album 'Twisted City' with some new songs. Of the new songs 'Let Me Out' is an instant hit as is 'Lose It', whose sound dips into the 90's Manchester sound of bands like the Charlatans. 'Bad Ambition' was introduced as a 'disco' number but this was maybe more due to the up-tempo beat of the song. Personal favourates of the 'Twisted City' album got an airing including a speeded up 'Get Up', the title track which closed the set and the ballad 'Tonight'.

A very enjoyable set and if you love any of the three B's Chris names as his main influences, namely 'the Beatles, Bolin and Bowie' then do check out Chris and his band's music. You can get his album free via his website.

Review by Jason Ritchie

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