Thursday, 30 June 2016

Beck - Brixton Academy, London: 28th June 2016

This post Brexit crowd had come here to get away from the mess outside but the support, Badly Drawn Boy, with his ‘Proud to be a European ‘ T shirt and regulation tea cosy wasn’t letting it lie opening with ‘What A Wonderful World’. Admitting he was nervous supporting one of his heroes, he played a snappy set without the usual drama including a pointed ‘Born In The UK’ and a cover of the main act’s ‘Putting It Down’.

Beck however was here to host his Becks-it party and the triple threat of Devil’s Haircut, Black Tambourine and sing-a-long wave your hands in the air of Loser kicked things in supremely confident style. There was no puppet show or extended lineup just a tight kick ass band with Hansen in the middle dancing, throwing shapes, showing us his showbiz chops with I Think I’m In Love sliding into the bubbly groove of ‘I Feel Love’

The slower middle section drew from Sea Change & Morning Phase – Blue Moon, Heart Like A Drum and Paper Tiger soothingly crooned Despite offering us scented candles, backrubs and booze to ease the country’s existential pain he was never gonna leave us on the downbeat. With the funky Dreams, joyous Sexxlaws and more arm waving and yelling via E-pro he encoded with a lengthy Where It’s At which took in band intros, One Foot In The Grave and snatches of 1999, China Girl, Pocket Calculator, Good Times and Michael Mcdonald impressions. This was the perfect balm to a painful week of too much news, hate and information

If there is anyone else having more fun than Beck and his band on a stage right now then that would be some feat. He bought the party tonight and boy did we appreciate the invite

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