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Russelling up a storm

Alice Russell @ Komedia, 25 November

Alice Russell @ Komedia, 25 November

An amazing night was always guaranteed when I saw Alice Russell would be playing Komedia with backing from the Jack Baker Trio. And as she charged on stage and leaped into a fantastically soulfully driven set, I knew that I wasn’t going to be disappointed.

What I love in particular about Alice Russell is that she makes music that everybody can really enjoy and dance to, which makes for a brilliant atmosphere at her gigs. Tonight, the sheer energy given off by the crowd pushed Alice and the band to even greater heights.

One of the many highlights of the show was Alice’s hit cover of The White Stripes song, ‘Seven Nation Army’ – this fantastically funky reworking of an already foot-stomping number was a moment of pure brilliance. There is definitely a lot to be said for a good cover – it must do things that the original does not – and this soulful take on a rock classic certainly brought a new dimension to the song.

Miraculously, Alice managed to keep the energy and intensity of her performance right till the very end of the gig, returning on stage for an encore which featured her fantastic version of Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’.

All in all it was an undeniably uplifting and fun-filled night. There is no doubt in my mind that Alice Russell is definitely at the cutting edge of soul in the 21st century.

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