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Michael Buble Concert

It took many years, countless email notifications alerts, and a very stressful October morning in 2012 to finally bag myself two tickets to a Michael Bublé concert at the O2 Arena in Greenwich – and it was well worth the wait!

Opening for Michael Bublé was Naturally 7, a New York based seven person, all male a capella group, full of tight harmonies and classic tunes. With an infectious stage presence Naturally 7 were the perfect accompaniment, exciting the audience and gearing them up for the long anticipated arrival of the main act.

Michael Bublé’s arrived to a huge instrumental introduction, sliding down the stage in shiny shoes, a dapper tuxedo, and broke flawlessly into ‘Fever’ to screaming gooey eyed women around the arena. Buble continued to play a host of songs; several from his new album, some classic standards and a sprinkling of Bublé’s own pop songs including: It’s A Beautiful Day, Everything, Haven’t Met You Yet and a wonderful arrangement of Home with tear jerking visuals behind him. As expected his vocals throughout the show were powerful yet effortless, and the experience of his exceptional live band made paying the slightly extortionate £170 for two tickets slightly less painful.

I almost cried a river [excuse the pun] at the possibility that my favorite song was not to be included in the show, when Bublé’s reentered donning a sparkly silver suit and encored with the enormous notes of Cry Me A River to an almost wild audience. Buble finished with Save the Last Dance for Me and completed the night with what I naively believed to be a wiring fault, and was in fact Acapella belting out of the final notes of the concert. An unforgettable moment, which had the audience shrieking out in appreciation.

Flirtatious, charming, and welcoming – shaking hands and hugging people as he passes through the crowd, Bublé’s confidence, humor and camaraderie with his band made for a very pleasant experience. This was a truly wonderful show and I felt privileged to be able to appreciate Bublé’s voice live in an arena, as opposed to face up against a television screen. If you are a fan and have yet to experience Buble live in concert, I would strongly recommend it.

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In the cold and dark winter months, hiding in the solitude and comfort of my room away from work and students, I absolutely fell in love with James Blake’s first single “Retrograde” from his new album “Overgrown”. A timeless song and one I could happily play on loop into the early hours.

Renegade Raider Reviews is now the ripe old age of one, and in that time I have had the pleasure of listening to and reviewing a host of tracks and demos. Most are very good, but it is not often that I am compelled to hit the repeat button and gasp in shock that the track hasn’t rocketed the charts. Late summer, I was sent through a track from Shawn James who has recently released his debut album Shadows. He described his work as a ‘mix of haunting Folk & hard-hitting soulful Blues’ and I was immediately sold. The first track entitled ‘Midnight Dove’ is simply stunning. The combination of the violin, the acoustic guitar and effortless yet powerful  and emotive vocals produces a harmony of sounds heard so rarely in contemporary commercial music; and it is this that makes this track one of the diamonds amongst the rough, and utterly worthy of recognition.  Midnight Dove is just one of a number of dynamic ballads featured on the album. I would highly recommend any fan of  ‘haunting, soulful folk with orchestrated layers, foot stompin’, loud, raw, rootsy blues, and feel-good soul music with good groove’ to check out his debut album as you will not be disappointed. 

The debut album is out now and available to purchase from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/shadows/id553858269

Alternatively, follow link for artist biography, music, pictures and contact information.  

http://www.shawnjamesmusic.com/fr_home.cfm