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that was fucking amazing
I truly do, but I felt there were loose ends all around.
The band clearly had road flu (just journeyed up from Paris, about to head all the way back down to Nantes), and it kind of came across, even infecting the crowd, which was so sterile.
Love 'em, though. And the new stuff is sounding plenty pretty. Cleverly tiptoing through a crowded field, weaving between the likes of Vetiver, Bon Iver, and some of the Fence lot so's not to end up sounding like anyone else. Wish they'd drummed up Olive Hearts in the encore though. Was jonesing for that tune, and the drum-free version didn't hit the spot.
gotta disagree with ya! i don't think it was too sterile..i think actually it was great to have a london crowd listening so intently and keeping pretty quiet..which doesn't happen all that often
and the band seemed a little jaded but i don't think it came across too much. it certainly didn't ruin my enjoyment i thought it was all magical..and drum-free olive hearts was a surprising highlight!
the only disappointment was that they didn't play crooked lust..now THAT would have been amazing
I did enjoy it. But I think I expected more, and they have reached those heights before.
As for the sterile crowd, it's one (welcome) thing a crowd being quiet during the set. But I don't think it gave the band enough love - and that might be due to the band themselves being knakcered and not going in for much banter.
On the other hand, perhaps I was just suffering from the dude who was farting all night near the middle.
lovely gig as usual - photos, video & review - http://www.whatkatiedoes.net/2009/05/bowerbirds-upper-air.html