Ella Eyre is in a strange position in that by the time she unveiled her debut album, she had featured on no less than 12 singles. So for the die-hard fans, this headline tour must feel more like a greatest hits show than one supporting a debut release.
Bursting onto stage with a sickening amount of energy, Ella keeps up the pace throughout the 90 minute set. Bouncing through the entirety of debut album, Feline, with just a slight breather in the middle, Ella showcases a strong collection. Earlier tracks like Comeback & If I Go standout for their R&B charm and she’s clearly comfortable with the dance sound that works for her. That said, some of the other hits can blend together at times.
Ella might be best known for her big dance tracks but her voice really soars on ballads such as latest single, Even If – a haunting ballad that works even better in a live setting than on record. Typically a ballad would translate into the perfect opportunity to pop to the bar but here, the audience appreciate the look at a lesser seen side to Ella.
Her stage persona is cool and sincere; Ella has charisma but manages to avoid ever being too theatrical or cliche. The stage is simple and understated, a full band back Ella with costumes and theatricals kept to a minimal, giving focus to her performance.
It’s an impressive, high-energy show but we can’t wait to see where Ella goes from here. There’s no denying that Ella Eyre has talent by the truckload but will the end of this tour mark new material?!
She’s got a phenomenal voice which is even more impressive when stripped back, we’d like to hear Ella mix in more of a classic orchestral sound but still keep the sassy vibe.
Until next time!
Ella Eyre, Southampton Guildhall, 01/11/15
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