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Live Review: Tom Odell
Social Sec Sorcha Hornett reviews Tom Odell's enjoyable and energetic recent stop at Birmingham's O2 Academy
Tom Odell took over the O2 Academy on a Sunday night to a sold-out audience. I was expecting a sedate and relaxed evening, but I was highly mistaken. Odell captured the audience from start to finish, and his live show offered a whole new dimension to his popular, soulful, emotional songs.
“Odell captured the audience from start to finish, and his live show offered a whole new dimension to his popular, soulful, emotional songs
With Odell constantly behind the piano, you would think it would be difficult to entertain the crowd, however he used the piano as purely an extension to his performance,whether this be standing up and playing, or getting on top of it to greet the audience’s cheers before jumping down. He played numerous fan favourites, including 'Wrong Crowd', 'Grow Old With Me' and 'Heal'. He also played some new material from his new album, taking the upbeat tone down for a new song 'You’re Going to Break my Heart Tonight', which he announced, 'is the saddest song on the new album'. It was a beautiful, dulcet ballad, and exactly what you would expect from Odell - heart-wrenching, beautiful lyrics.
“I was in disbelief at how good his stage presence was despite playing a piano for the majority of the set
'Magnetised' ended with Odell and his band descending into an upbeat crescendo as they brought the night to a close. There is no denying Odell has an incredible voice and knew how to entertain a crowd. I was in disbelief at how good his stage presence was despite playing a piano for the majority of the set. However, the set itself was far too long, the encore should’ve been shorter, and it was unexpected to be as long as it was for someone with only two albums. Saying that, Odell exceeded my expectations; what I thought would be a relaxed, mellow Sunday night was actually slightly wild; he let the versatility of his music shine and was very fun to watch. Odell really did surprise me. I am looking forward to his upcoming album and will remember this gig for all the right reasons.
'Jubilee Road' is available now via Sony Music Entertainment. Tickets to see Tom Odell perform live are available here.