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Ashcroft, Richard : London Astoria
The lads want the spirit of '97, not just the songs
Wearing shades and a sports jacket more suited to the Med than chilly old London, when he strums 'Sonnet', it's magic. But, like an off-form footballer, the fans let him know when they're unhappy. The sonic expanses of 'Nature Is The Law' - from forthcoming album 'Human Conditions' - receive merely encouraging applause, while fancy new tricks 'Lord I've Been Trying' and 'Paradise' just don't impress.
Ashcroft tries to bring them round, pulling on a vintage 'Northern Soul' T-shirt thrown on stage for a stunning acoustic rendition of 'The Drugs Don't Work'. That familiar, aching vocal melody even makes up for the sax solos. It's a brave gambit, but Ashcroft may have to embrace the wilderness if he wants to tinker with sacred old Verve tunes. The lads want the spirit of '97, not just the songs.
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