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Caught live: Fyfe Dangerfield and The Boy Who Trapped The Sun (London)

Fyfe Dangerfield

Review by Shanna Schreuder

FYFE Dangerfield’s lively performance rendered the crowd motionless during play, who were audibly appreciative afterwards. But then such is the buzz surrounding this talented artist right now, it was easy to see why.

Although the Guillemots’ frontman mainly played material from his first solo album, Fly Yellow Moon, he did manage to squeeze in two of his other band’s (or as he like to call them, “my mate’s band”) tunes that went down very well.

Dressed in a slim suit, white shirt and tie, and sporting a Beatles-style haircut, he opened his set with Faster Than The Setting Sun. And just like the album, this popular track appeared twice in his set, once at the beginning and again at the very end, each time receiving a vigorous applause.

It’s no surprise that this was such a crowd-pleaser; it’s upbeat, fun and has a great sing-along chorus.

Accompanied by two stunning female violinists and three suited and booted males on the guitar, bass and drums, Fyfe’s lyrics were easily understood thanks to his powerful, polished voice.

He bopped to the fast tracks, yet slowed right down on the ballads. At one point he tried to get us all involved by asking all the ladies to make the sound of the ocean and the lads to click their fingers to the tune of High On the Tide. It didn’t last long.

But they did loosen up on his three best known songs: She Needs Me, When You Walk in The Room, and of course, Billy Joel’s She’s Always A Woman, which Fyfe sang on the last John Lewis TV advert.

All in all, Fyfe gave it his all, but didn’t manage to get the punters going on his lesser know work.

His support act, The Boy Who Trapped The Sun, couldn’t get the listeners energised at all.

If anything, Colin Macleod’s moving warm-up was more of a sedative than an upper.

Singing back to back ballads, he bellowed and occasionally wailed his melancholic tunes.

The best of the bunch? Well, it would have to be Dreaming Like A Fool, a song about a girl who tried to stab him. Not that such an event would have fazed this cool cat.

Fyfe Dangerfield & The Boy Who Trapped The Sun played London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Tuesday, September 21, 2010.