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Although most of her songs are so sickly they make you want to chew your own legs off (see [B]'In Too Deep'[/B], [B]'Vision Of You'[/B]), the guileless innocence of [B]'Leave A Light On'[/B] and thMore on
Skipping onstage in a bright-red trouser suit, she and three [a]Bryan Adams[/a] clones go straight into 'Big Scary Animal' to an outburst of unbridled toe-tapping and head-nodding from an otherwise still audience. It's slightly unnerving.
When she finally does 'Heaven Is A Place On Earth', the assembled crowd of smartly-dressed, sensibly-haircutted quiche-eaters breathe a collective "Aaaah!", as if they've suddenly been relieved of nasty constipation. It's the last time they show any sign of having a good time all evening.
Belinda, however, is unperturbed, and continues apace. Although most of her songs are so sickly they make you want to chew your own legs off (see 'In Too Deep', 'Vision Of You'), the guileless innocence of 'Leave A Light On' and the oddly Drugstore-like 'La Luna' are disarming and even charming. She leaves the stage to polite applause. Next stop, Carlisle. Probably.
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