Albert Hammond Jr | Live Review

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As a man who’s headlined some of the worlds biggest festivals, Hammond expectedly holds an effortless demeanour at this evenings show.

Albert Hammond Jr has had quite a remarkable solo career. His debut effort ‘Yours To Keep’ held a cartoon-like beauty with its whimsical and nurturing sounds, while more recent record ‘Momentary Masters’ has only furthered that plucky guitar-pop.

As a man who’s headlined some of the worlds biggest festivals, Hammond expectedly holds an effortless demeanour at this evenings show. He appears all in white to large applause. Sometimes you can’t help but feel a wave of excitement when such a prolific artist appears in an intimate setting. The setlist draws on highlights from every release in his unassuming career.

‘Sweet Tidings’ gets things underway with a heightened and impacting chorus, it instantly feels special. ‘Rude Customer’ also sticks out as an early fan-favourite, we’re then gifted a mixture of new and old tracks. There’s a friendly discourse between the famed New Yorker and the crowd. “Did they drop The Firkin bit… is this just The Fleece now?” As someone who’s appeared in Bristol many times, this adds a nice personal touch to the evening. The music is welcomed with open arms. Needless to say it’s a perfect warmer for such a bitter November evening. After-all this music clutches sweetened melody close to the core of its ideology.

‘Back to the 101’ and ‘In Transit’ also make for beautiful moments. There’s a feeling that nobody is particularly expecting any material from The Strokes career, and that’s exactly what gives a sense of integrity. Above all it’s a laid-back return from Hammond as he spends most of the set with his guitar slung across his back, taking care of vocal duties. A discreet yet important return.

Check out ‘Strange Tidings’ right here: