LIVE REVIEW: James Vincent McMorrow, London, 27/07/17

Three sold-out nights at Village Underground is no small matter. Then again, as we saw tonight, neither is James Vincent McMorrow. The setting perfectly complements the mood of his performance: stripped back, raw, and vulnerable.

McMorrow kickstarted the two-plus hours (yep, that dedicated) of the show by playing his latest LP – the joyful True Care – from start to finish. It’s a move that showcases his songwriting talent as well as that ethereal falsetto that has brought people from far and wide to this mini-residency. Understandably with any new material, the audience take some time to respond but soon get into the swing of things when songs such as Holding On pulsate through the venue.

After a short intermission, McMorrow hits the stage once more to take us through his extensive back catalogue, from We Move to Post Tropical all the way back to Early in the Morning until late in the evening. Although his voice struggles to keep up with him during the show (understandable given the length of both set and residency) the crowd pay no mind. And rightly so: in spite of any setbacks this is still a lovingly-crafted set that boasts sincerity and a vibrant personality, and that’s a feat few can manage for one night let alone three.

Samuel White

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