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James Morrison / The Sea – O2 Academy, Leeds

O2 Academy, Leeds
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The Sea are 2 brothers from London who have a promising future if this gig was anything to go by. They may only be a duo but they create a huge sound that would not sound out of place in an arena.

Give me your Love would not sound out of place on a Scouting For Girls album whilst closing track, Emil’s Waltz showcases the many styles the band has. Singer Peter D’Chisholm switches between keyboards and guitar during their short set, which shows the duo have some powerful and melodic songs. With influences ranging from The Cure to XTC they were warmly received by the Leeds audience.

James Morrison may not be the coolest performer on the music scene right now but he deserves far more respect than he receives. Tracks off his third album make up the bulk of his 90 minute set. Beautiful Life opens up the gig and like most of his tracks, it shows his soulful influences. In my Dreams is dedicated to his dad who passed away whilst he was recording his last album.

Two female vocalists add a new dimension to his live sound. Broken Strings is performed as a stripped down version. He invites the audience to join in with him during the song; the chorus from the crowd is mainly female which probably explains who makes up most of his fans. Not surprising as they probably connect with the heartfelt lyric of the song.

It is not all soulful ballads though; he can rock with the best of them as Slave to the Music and Nothing Ever Hurt like You demonstrate.

You Give Me Something and Wonderful World close his set – these two tracks alone will most likely still be played on radio in 10 years time and James will still be performing to capacity audiences too.


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