Barrowland Ballroom Reviews


See the Dancing Diva from Morcheeba

Saturday 30 September 2000

When did Morcheeba get to be so popular? Especially outside Essex? Barrowland was packed and metaphorically shaking its furry dice for a very routine performance by a group who are, in essence, just a competent jazz funk ensemble.

In their heads, they are Sly & The Family Stone - a bunch of dynamic, crazy mothers wigging out to the groovy sounds in their heads, man. In reality, they are pleasant purveyors of lightweight soul pop. The obligatory DJ and decks were just for show.

Diminutive singer Skye - in a pair of gold lamé trousers she may come to regret buying - was amiable but hardly a charismatic powerhouse. Her slight voice was pretty but ordinary, hovering about like a work-in-progress, waiting for a swooning melody to emerge from her fellow musicians’ laidback jamming.

When she got her chance she did not blow it - former singles Part Of The Process, Blindfold and The Sea cut through the polite proficiency and provided a glimpse of where Morcheeba could take their music if they came out from under their cloud of hash smoke.

Credit to them for somehow arousing such a lively response, but the mystery is how their fans can be so passionate about passionless music.

Fiona Shepherd
Monday, 2nd October 2000
The Scotsman


 This review by Fiona Shepherd was originally featured on the Scotsman's Culture Review Page



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