Live Review: Hannah Peel

20 Mar
Hannah Peel

Hannah Peel

 

 

Brighton Ballroom: Wednesday, March 16 2011.

 

Sounds as well as appearances can be deceptive. For someone so
endearingly nervous as she chats between songs, multi-instrumentalist
singer songwriter Hannah Peel has a remarkable stage presence when
playing live

Likewise, while on the surface tonight’s songs from debut album ‘The
Broken Wave’ appear gentle and soothing, her subtle melodies hide
bolder, wonderfully descriptive lyrics dealing with broken hearts,
loneliness and death.

The folksie ‘Don’t Kiss The Broken One’ is a warning for the lovelorn
everywhere, while ‘The Almond Tree’, despite its lilting tune, is
lyrically concerned with murder and burial.

‘You Call This Your Home’, a bitter sweet ballad which Richard Hawley
would be happy to call his own, soars and stands out tonight but the
major highlights come on tracks such as ‘Unwound’ where Peel creates
delicate, fairytale-like sounds from her music box to expertly seam
together the piano, guitar and drums from her live band.

What makes her truly special, however, is her shy yet charming and
chatty style as she talks to the audience. ‘Thanks for coming, I’m not
sure how you’ve all heard of me’ she says at one point. On tonight’s
showing, she’d better get used to this level of attention.

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