FRINGE 2017: Clairy Browne – Spiegel Tent – The Garden of Unearthly Delights – 4K

By Tom Eckert


Clairy Browne is an unapologetic thunderstorm of a vision straight out of an R&B fantasy. manifesting old styles from the golden years of the genre, she brings it into the 21st century on wings of what she’ll do to anyone who dares cross her.

Right from the first beat she’s belting with the best and doesn’t relent for an hour. With strong turns, vocally demanding melody lines and the confidence of someone who knows how easily she could bring someone to their knees she runs through the tracks of her new album POOL largely concerned with how she owns her body in the club and the myriad of ways she will destroy a man who comes looking to mess around.

This is not a show for children and Browne does not even consider pandering to the opinions of an audience and is simply there to express her view of the world.

The band is tight with unassailable grooves and strong back-up vocals. The Brooklyn hipster aesthetic is however somewhat incongruous with Browne’s own which is closer to a soul diva. So too much of the instrumental support is provided through a sythesiser and keyboard which someewhat pales in comparison to a real big band live in terms of impact and quality. As a result much of the performance is somewhat effects heavy. The stage setup leaves something to be desired as well with the band and often Browne herself stuck behind a wall of foldback amplifiers. With the personality to own the stage, Browne should capitalise on the space to get in the face of the audience.

If not for the fact it was the first show on a Tuesday night and the less-than-full house this would be a stellar show to go to. Find yourself there late on a weekend and you’re bound to have a good time.

Kryztoff Rating: 4K

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