LOS ANGELES, CA-
“… I had just seen Alicia Blue perform at the Teragram opening up for Lauren Ruth Ward, but I certainly didn’t mind seeing her again so soon. In my thoughts about that performance, I noted that she gave “the audience something soothing to stir the auditory senses”. Well, try to imagine that, then try to imagine something twice as soothing.
Accompanied by Ben Greenberg with an additional guitar (who also is very capable of pulling off some serious falsetto harmonies), Alicia performed 6 songs and once again I was caught up in her rapture. Her “sad songs with silver linings” really cast a spell into the night air. The stillness of the residential neighborhood and the silently beguiled crowd really emphasized that mysticism. Even her more raucous song “Dirty Hippie” had a certain energy that in this stripped down performance was markedly different from her performance with the full band at the Teragram. Her voice just pierced more this time around, with the lyrics just cutting your mind a little deeper. Dunno if that make sense to you, but it makes sense to me. 🤷🏻
She pulled in even more mysticism when she covered Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill”. That cover was absolutely sublime. In fact… I may get shamed for saying this… but I may actually like her version of “Running” over Kate’s. Perhaps it’s the sparse instrumentation of Alicia’s version that really brings home the vulnerability of that song, and that was just powerful stuff…”
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