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JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR, Leicester Square Theatre, London 16 October 2012
performing with Annie Lennox in June of this year at the Queens Diamond
Jubilee concert, Joanne Shaw Taylor returned to London to perform in
front of a sell out crowd at London's Leicester Square Theatre. With so
many concerts on in London that night, this a quite a achievement.
Promoting her third album 'Almost Always Never' which in the year of
James Bond, sounds like a Bond movie. In fact with her looks, Ms Taylor
would make a great Bond girl.
set highlighted tracks from all of Taylor's three albums, leaning
heavily on the new one.
Kicking off with 'Soul Station' 'Tied & Bound' and 'Beautifully Broken'
all from 'Almost Always Never' showed a growing confidence in her own
ability, both as a songwriter and a performer.
All the new songs seem to be taking Taylor on a slightly different
course to her two previous albums, maybe I detected a touch of prog now
and again. 'Jealousy' one of the many highlights of the set is
very radio friendly, a must for BBC Radio 2.
Jimi Hendrix as an influence on her playing, this is bore out in her
version of 'Manic Depression' delivered with raw passion, her vocal and
guitar playing blending into one.
With each album getting stronger and stronger Joanne is a unique talent
amongst the current crop of blues rock artists.
photos by Noel Buckley
Station/ Tied & Bound/ Beautifully Bound/ Watch 'em Burn/ Diamonds In
The Dirt/ Manic Depression/ You Should Stay I Should Go/ Almost, Always,
Never/ Jealousy/ Kiss The Ground Goodbye/ Just Another Word/ Jump that
Train/ Going Home.
Encores: Lose Myself To Loving You/ Dead & Gone
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