By Natalie Greener
Tom Odell. The perfectly brewed cup of tea for every person out there – age, gender, social group. His demographic has no boundaries and no stereotype.
In previous years, Tom Odell has toured his successful albums in conventional DIY music venues. I remember seeing him showcase his first album, Long Way Down, at many O2 Academies across the country. He even headlined my hometown’s most iconic venue, Rock City, and sent ripples through Nottingham. Now three hours away in Newcastle, I have to admit I was intrigued to see if the sold out set had the same feel I remember a year ago.
Wrong Crowd dropped in the summer of 2016 and stunned Tom Odell’s existing ‘indie’ listeners. A huge wait in between his studio albums, the pop route Tom chose to take came as a surprise. Despite some tracks being more dance-like and tailored for radio play, Odell proved to everyone he was still a lyrical genius. But the difference was that this time, he had more of a kick. Concrete specifically tied his previous album with Wrong Crowd as it had hints of his younger self. However, you could tell the musician had grown and shaped his music with his experiences.
Now aged twenty seven, Tom Odell took to the public with the release of Jubilee Road last month. We’ve seen his journey of finding himself as an artist since 2012 with the anthem, Another Love, and one must admit I think we’ve reached the finished product.
Sleek, chilled and sexy. The three words I would use to describe Tom’s new music venture. Being one of my favourite artists to watch live with his jazz like approach, there’s always a fear of the gig not living up to my expectations. The City Hall also being seated added to my confusion as to how he would pull this one off. My God he did.
By the end of the show every single man, woman and child were on their feet fully immersed in the music. With a simplistic backdrop made from some curtains and spotlights, the visuals were overwhelming in the way they complimented the sound. The polished presentation of Tom Odell and his band was exaggerated by the hall’s décor. I remember during the relaxing piece You’re Gonna Break My Heart Tonight, I got lost in the ceiling design and artwork with in grand Hall. What a moment.
Congratulations are in order for a massive comeback and successful tour – Tom Odell and Newcastle are a great fit. I’m sure Europe will love him all over again.