And I’m back. Just six weeks after being introduced to Emeli Sande, I had to hear more. She’s one of those artists who will eventually be out of reach, selling out massive venues and the time to see her in intimate venues will be over. It’s similar to what happened with my other soul sister Adele. Now she’s untouchable and tickets are impossible to score. So I’m getting my Emeli Sande fill now.
The first time I saw her, it was an acoustic set. This time, she’s plugged in and celebrating the release her debut album in the U.S., Our Version of Events. While her album is fantastic, she’s better live. Pitch perfect and powerful, Sande’s voice is controlled and achingly restrained as she sings her songbook of stories. She opened with “Daddy,” “Tiger” and a stunning performance of “Suitcase.” Sad song, but beautiful. Loved how she tears up a peppy reggae version of “Where I Sleep” and then strips it down behind the keys with “Clown.”
Every single one of her songs is special. “Breaking The Law” is an early favorite, inspired by loving another person so much that you’d do anything for them. Anything. “My Kind of Love” is also a stand-out. But the fun song of the night was “Wonder,” a new song only on the U.S. release she wrote with Naughty Boy, inspired by the wonder and magic we have in all of us if we channel it correctly. “Reach out and pass it on.” She closed with her first single, “Heaven,” the song that got it all started. Great, but I liked the acoustic version she did in Williamsburg better. Her encore was perhaps my favorite Sande song, “Next to Me.” So, my obsession with her continues. She is wonderful. Get on board.