A sequel that’s faster, flashier and more bombastic than the original
Finley Quaye: London Shepherd's Bush Empire
He shuffles onstage tonight looking for all the world like a man who has spent the day plastering the front room...
Finley Quaye would do well to take note. He shuffles onstage tonight looking for all the world like a man who has spent the day plastering the front room.
Barely acknowledging the crowd, he launches straight into recent single 'Spiritualized', blasting through it with all the verve and feeling of a man in a hurry to finish a soundcheck. It is a level of commitment and performance he maintains for the next half dozen tracks, all of them lifted from the patchy 'Vanguard'. Maybe he's embarrassed by their reggae-lite dullness. Maybe he honestly doesn't care.
Whichever, it's a shame. It's a shame because with little effort Finley Quaye could be so, so much better. His nine man band are tight, as in old-school-travelling-soul-revue tight. Quaye has obviously rehearsed them well for what is a rare live outing. And Quaye has some tunes. When the unmaskable bliss of 'It's Great When We're Together' or the sheer smiling kick of 'Sunday Shining' blow in, you wonder why he doesn't keep it up at this level all the time. Only during the show-closing covers, 'Voodoo Chile' and a genuinely affecting 'It's A Man's Man's Man's World', does he morph into a perfomer - a performer who actually cares about the music and about those who have paid to see him.
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