His vocals were flawless as was his entire performance.
James first engaged the crowd as he joined the band on stage after making a surprise entrance from behind the audience. Everyone called his name and cheered him on as he made a mad dash to the stage. As he jumped the barricade to join his band mates he was handed a guitar. He immediately found his groove with "So Far Gone", a song off his latest LP "Some Kind Of Trouble". I remember thinking OMG, he hasn't even finished singing his first song and already Oh What a Show! In that instant I knew it would be one helluva of a Kick-Ass night.
He was "Dangerous" as he continued to belt out song after song. His entire palette of talents was on full display as he enthusiastically embraced the stage. He alternated between acoustic and electric guitars and of course the piano throughout the night. The emotion conveyed through his poignant songs was so real, that he easily, so completely, captivated the audience with each and every performance... which I thought at times was as good, if not better than his recorded music.
His music and personality exude a free spirited character who shared a contagious positive vibe with the audience the entire night.
The power in his voice and the energy he puts into his show is outstanding. Whether surfing the audience or surfing atop his piano, James showered us a wide range of facial expressions with emotions to spare. No matter what, James Blunt keeps your focus and your attention.
Although a lot of his tracks are power ballads, when he sings them they are painstakingly beautiful. Yet, with tracks such as Carry You Home, Same Mistake, Goodbye My Lover and the biggest one of all and one of my favorites, You’re Beautiful, the show managed to stay upbeat and lively the entire time.
There was a good selection of both old and new songs, and very little time for chatting between tracks due to the sheer amount of songs he crammed into the almost 2 hour show. He was like the energizer bunny, he just kept on going. I often wondered when does he breathe?
The set list included: Carry You Home, Goodbye My Lover, High, Your Beautiful, Dangerous, No Tears, Calling Out your Name, If Time Is All I Have, Superstar, Out Of My Mind, and more. "I'll Be Your Man" and "Turn Me On" had the crowd going wild, while Goodbye My Lover turned into a magical singalong.
As I write this review my iTunes is playing "Some Kind Of Trouble" and I can't help but smile.
Blunt is a true performer who entertained the crowd throughout the whole concert. His encore included "Into The Dark", Stay The Night" and the show stopper "1973" with Blunt standing atop his piano, clapping and making the crowd crazy. I think everyone will be "High" for quite some time. Thanks James, I loved it!
My favorite moment...All of it, from start to finish! My favorite performance...Same Mistake and Carry Me Home. Both were so emotionally painful, yet incredibly beautiful.
It just doesn't get any better than that. He was note perfect!
James is one helluva performer and worth seeing. So if you get the opportunity to see him live then by all means DO IT! It is one show you don't want to miss. No doubt you too will be saying "OMG...Oh What A Show!"