Think Tank, Newcastle
19th September 2016
A spellbinding evening of pure brilliant pop songs, Natalie McCool provides epic highs and supremely dark lows all delivered with humour.
Following a number of successful singles Natalie McCool’s sophomore album, The Great Unknown was met with high praise. Having toured constantly earlier this year, Natalie has now embarked on an extensive UK tour in support of said album. Natalie is in particularly jovial spirits as she takes to the stage with her band as she tries out numerous impressions of the accent.
The songs are particularly personal, explaining each before it is played there from love songs to heartbreak in an instant. There are epic highs filled with excitement that are followed with misery, pain and heartache. All of which flows effortlessly the brilliant Cardiac Arrest provides that aforementioned euphoric moment, it’s bouncy melody and upbeat tone detracting from the heartbreak that is all too common this evening.
The likes of Fortress and Let It Go on the other hand are particularly dark and sombre moments, in spite of her jovial mood it does cast a downbeat feeling across the audience. However, Natalie is no less compelling as there is an evident eclecticism to The Great Unknown as the album is played in full this evening. The dour themes that underpin many of the tracks on the album could easily make for difficult listening but Natalie’s excitement and passionate banter seem to alleviate that.
As she closes out on the happier notes of When You Love Somebody all of the misery and anguish is swept under the carpet, and instead they’re replaced with sincere happiness from this beautifully heartfelt song. The wild mood swings are a fixture of Natalie’s music as she describes her love for these epic ups and downs, live it really works as the crowd hang off every word celebrating the good times and mourning the sad. Her enthusiasm has everyone firmly under her spell though as she thrills the crowd with her perfectly crafted pop songs. In all an exceptional evening from a fine songstress.
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