Gabriella Cilmi @ The Hospital Club 22nd October 2013

It was my first time at The Hospital Club which was located in Covent Garden. This was a private members club and you could only get a ticket if you pledged on a package consisting of the album and the ticket. What was going to be performed was basically a showcase of what to expect from the album which was set to be released on 4th November. The evening actually took place in this lovely room and by the time proceedings started the room was pretty full. Even though Gabriella only made 30 packages available it turns out that Rachel Sermanni also sold tickets through pledge. This was a bonus really as I love Rachel’s material and it was nice seeing her live again. Once that set was over Gabriella then took to the stage around 8.15pm.

Symmetry was pop with elements of rock. I found this to be infectious and it showed that she went back to her original style which featured on début album Lessons To Be Learned. This song was in fact very up beat and it had been perfectly written. It was no surprise that this was released as single. “Thanks for coming down” Cilmi said before getting stuck into the hypnotic Sweeter In History. This was offered as a free download and it was a complete cracker. It cements her return to the music industry. Cilmi sailed through this at ease and there were traces of both soul and rock which infused together to create something sublime plus it was aided by Gabriella’s smoky vocals. Not Sorry was played straight after. This was co-written with younger brother. This was powerfully delivered with lyrics which were slightly bitter “You put a smile across my face, and then you tore it apart”. It was then onto Don’t Look Back. I actually found this tune to be quite enchanting. Don’t Look Back was sung at a steady pace aided by fantastic lyrics. After having introduced the band it was then onto Vicious Love which was infact the 1st song that was written for the new LP The Sting. This track sounded outstanding. I had heard this last year when it was posted on her YouTube. Just hearing it being performed live was quite something. Lyrics were brilliant and the melody was contagious as well. “Whatever I wrote down there don’t play it” Cilmi said to her band before asking them to play the track that followed. It was then onto Left With Someone Else. This was very infectious with stunning verses and an incredible/ powerful chorus. Gabriella unleashed her rock chick side to deliver this flawlessly. It was then onto a power ballad and this being Love Me Cos You Want To. This sombre tune sounded ever so beautiful and is the highlight from her 2nd LP Ten. This number was actually co written with the incredibly talented Miss Ellie Goulding. Cilmi was backed with a keyboard arrangement which made it very entrancing, emotional and light. What came after was a take on Blood On The Leaves which was originally sung by Kanye West. I have never heard the original version but Gabriella’s take on it was simply breathtaking. Up next was Highway which was written with Tricky in Paris. In this number Cilmi says that she lost her dreams along the highway. The vocals were faultless and it had been perfectly written. The final tune of the evening was The Sting. This was quite predictable that it would be played as it is also the title of the new LP. This was delivered perfectly and the lyrics made it sound if she was singing about the 2nd LP Ten. For those who don’t know Ten wasn’t Gabriella and it was more disco pop and didn’t stick to the same formulae as Lessons To Be Learned. “If the devil were a woman, I wouldn’t have to run away, If the devil were a woman, Maybe she would understand me”. All in all this was a corker and ended what had been an outstanding evening.

SET LIST

Symmetry
Sweeter In History
Not Sorry
Don’t Look Back
Vicious Love
Left With Someone Else
Love Me Cos You Want To
Blood On The Leaves
Highway
The Sting

OVERALL: Firstly the track Cilmi asked to skip was Sweet About Me. Secondly this performance was literally incredible. Yes it would of been nice to hear some of the other new songs from the album but what we got to hear was one flawless set. I have been a fan of Cilmi’s since 2008 and I am pleased that she is back making music

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