Review: James Morrison charms Camden with Roundhouse headliner

James Morrison shows the capital just why he’s been in the business for the last 10 years.

Known for his trademark curly hair (which is no more – but we approve of his sophisticated new look), guitar sound, and chart-topping hits such as You Give Me Something, Wonderful World and Broken Strings, James is back in full force, and proving that he’s here to stay as he tours in support of his upcoming album Higher Than Here.

Eva Stone does a great job as a supporting act tonight, as she belts out her catchy, self-penned tunes. Despite being a little screechy at points, there’s no denying that this girl has a powerful set of lungs on her. But without a shadow of doubt, it’s James that steals the show (and several hearts if the audience reaction is anything to go by).

The atmosphere is buzzing from the start, and it’s clear from the off that everyone is here to have a good time – with James regularly referencing the lively audience throughout the night.

His passion and enthusiasm for his craft are obvious, but what’s truly endearing is the gratitude and appreciation he shows us (despite having been in the industry for a decade now!). Having developed quite the fan base over the years, it’s no real surprise to see the venue so packed, with a setlist custom fit for every fan.

The power and control to his voice are faultless as he delivers a stripped-back show cemented in raw emotion, killer lyrics and a uniquely beautiful voice.

I Won’t Let You Go receives rapturous applause, leading the Derby musician to talk about his childhood. “I always thought I was gonna be a weirdo.. A nobody.. I wasn’t confident as a kid,” he admits. Something Right is then, he explains, all about him finding his own confidence and growing comfortable in his own skin as he got older. It’s a sincere moment, with lyrics about self-discovery that seem to resonate with tonight’s crowd.

Wonderful World, DemonsBroken Strings, Call The Police and Just Like A Child follow suit, all met by stomping feet echoing around the iconic venue.

But it’s his stunning delivery of Higher Than Here that closes the set, demonstrating James Morrison’s talent, charisma, sense of humour and heart of gold in equal measure.

Words: Kimberley Tough

James Morrison, Roundhouse – London, (18/3/2016)