Lauryn Hill‘s London comeback show last night (September 20) was subject to harsh Twitter criticism.
The first of two dates at the O2 Academy Brixton (she plays again tonight, September 21), Hill began to trend on the social networking site after attendees at the show complained not only about the fact that she was an hour and a half late onstage, but also the way she was re-vamping her old material, apparently making her classic songs nearly unrecognisable from the original versions.
“#LaurynHill #brixton waited years to see Miss Hill only to hear her bastardise every song to the point of unrecognisable! Utter shite!” wrote Twitter user @sallyduhig, adding “Miss Hill has disappeared up her own arse. Waited 2hrs! To hear self indulgent crap. Total waste of loads of money!”.
@SeanDDonnelly wrote “#laurynhill at #brixton was such a frustrating experience. Her voice is still beautiful but she killed any momentum again and again. Avoid.” He added: “I have no problem with artists reinterpreting old material but the Miseducation section was just bad. The incomprehensible speed rapping….”.
@LeoFedorcio commented: “Think I’ve just witnessed the worst version of ‘Everything is everything’ by #LaurynHill by Lauryn Hill”. He added: “Tonight’s #LaurynHill gig was one of the most confusing experiences of my life.”
The current UK performances from the singer-songwriter and former Fugees member follow her only UK show in the past five years at the Indigo2 venue in April 2012.
The performances follow some difficult times for Hill, who was last month forced to deny reports that she is being reinvestigated for tax evasion. She was released from a three-month sentence for tax evasion in October last year.
Lauryn Hill plays:
London O2 Academy Brixton (September 21)
Birmingham O2 Academy (23)
Manchester O2 Apollo (25)
London Brooklyn Bowl (28)