Tom Odell @ Manchester Town Hall
Tom Odell played a secret show at Manchester Town Hall and Manchester Rocks was there to catch the excitement
Words: Jessie Jones
Thursday night brought Tom Odell and his five piece band to the stage of Manchester’s Town Hall which was beautifully transformed into a concert hall for a stunning performance in front of the small and intimate audience.
Hosted and filmed by Absolute Radio, the night started with the MC announcing the support for the evening, a singer/songwriter/guitarist known as ‘The Beach’. He effortlessly brought some of the crowd to attention right from the start with his soft yet punchy singing style. The comparison to Jeff Buckley is apparent but he holds his own on stage; he will also appeal to fans of Ben Howard and Jack Johnson with his meaningful and down to earth lyrical content. From the occasional head bopping to swaying from side to side he brought feel good acoustic sounds to the stage, pleasant yet passionate. The Beach is definitely an act to look out for with performances at Reading and Leeds Festival at the end of the month and possible tour announcements for the end of 2016.
After a short break Absolute Radio's MC welcomed Tom Odell and his band to the stage. Tom started behind the piano with an introduction which lead into 'Still Getting Used To Being On My Own' from the new album 'Wrong Crowd'. As the band kicked in it became apparent that they would give Toms performance a bit of originality and freedom whilst adding real oomph to his melodic skills as a vocalist and pianist. With the band comprising of a drummer, bassist, backing vocalist and a percussionist the performance was varied between Toms solo work behind the piano to the band playing with him and then completely holding their own while Tom got up from the piano to sing to the audience.
I felt that some of the songs could have been shorter as there seemed to be times where they were stretched out whilst the audience eagerly awaiting the next track, but hearing the build up of more instruments being added there was a certain sense of excitement about how loud and powerful it could get, with the backing vocalists harmonic tones which partnered well with Tom. As the set went on the crowd became more involved and the last two songs of the night has the audience in Tom’s hands, with a heart-wrenching (in a good way) 'Another Love' along with the new albums 'Magnetised' which sounded as good as I hoped it would.
With the mixture of old and new songs the set was beautifully balanced between hard hitting and slow melodic jams. For me the best song of the night was 'Grow Old With Me' with its heart-felt lyrics and catchy chorus which I could hear the audience was singing along to as much as I was, as I'm sure we can almost all relate to what its like to be the one who's dumped. With that performance I'm sure he has at least another Brit Award to look forward to and the new album is sure to be a hit with current Tom Odell fans and appeal to new listeners too.