Nexus Arts, Lion Arts Centre, Thu 2 Mar.
Andrea Purcell advises the audience that she has been a fan of Adele since her first song hit the airwaves. Andrea also says that this evening is not about imitating Adele, but it is rather a tribute to the performer, her music and lyrics and how each of her songs have created emotions in us that most of us can relate to.
While it wasn’t an imitation directly, Andrea was able to find that quality that most would say is quintessentially Adele and that is the ‘tear’ in her voice, the thing that makes Adele sound like no one else. But with the rest of what is needed in a vocal concert, including recreating the emotion Andrea herself feels while listening to Adele’s music, I think she may have missed her mark. While nerves could be blamed, Andrea seemed to struggle with the pitching on most songs, with some songs too low and other ‘money notes’ of songs missed due to them being too high for her.
The band played 14 songs and are ably led by Elke Stanton on Piano/Keyboard with Jay Westwood on Drums, Titus Ng on five-string Bass, Emanuel Auciello on Guitar (semi-acoustic and electric) and Hannah Beale as backup vocals, but even this group only seemed to come alive and be animated with the performance of the last song, Rolling In The Deep.
If you can get along to this ‘tribute to Adele’ you will get to her most of Adele’s hits but if you are a true fan of Adele, I suggest staying home to listen to her CDs.
Adele By Andrea (A Tribute To Adele) continues at Nexus Arts, Lion Arts Centre, from 6pm until Sat 4 Mar.
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