Review: Emeli Sande
Emeli Sande at Colston Hall 8/10
HER debut album, Our Version Of Events, was the best selling disc of last year. Add to that her high profile appearances at both London Olympic ceremonies and her 2013 Best British Female and Best British Album Brit awards, and it was no surprise Emeli Sandé's visit to the Colston Hall was highly anticipated and totally sold out.
To rapturous applause Sandé began the show with first single Heaven. She was clearly in good spirits and the upbeat number set the tone for the remainder of the evening. Supported by a superb band and two excellent backing vocalists, microphone in hand, the enigmatic Sandé held the audience's attention for the next 70 minutes.
The male backing singer expertly stepped into Labyrinth's shoes for crowd pleaser Beneath Your Beautiful, which ended in an appreciative high five from Sandé.
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Read All About It (Part III) was another highlight which again emphasised Sandé's excellent vocal range and natural stage presence.
A lot has changed since her last Bristol performance at the Fleece in 2011 and the step up to concert hall size venues clearly suits Scotland's now superstar R&B soulstress. Blessed with both critical acclaim and popular appeal, Sandé's performance lived up to all expectations.
She took to the piano for the emotive gospel-tinge River, and the crowd listened in respectful silence. This was in contrast to the drum-heavy carnival-style vibe of set closer, Wonder, which got all those at the front shaking their stuff.
Unlike many solo artistes Sandé appeared unhindered by ego. Her warmth of delivery appeared totally genuine and was also clear whilst she addressed the audience.
The two song encore culminated in a magnificent Next To Me with most everyone present joyfully singing along and wishing for more.