Review: Caro Emerald, Sheffield City Hall

Caro Emerald performing at the Sheffield City Hall
Caro Emerald performing at the Sheffield City Hall
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Caro Emerald, Sheffield City Hall

Friday night in Sheffield at the City Hall and a sell out audience is whisked back to the 1940’s with an evening of enchanting sounds from Dutch singer Caro Emerald. Starting her tour in Sheffield she took to the stage and was on top form from the first note.

With her recent album the Shocking Miss Emerald she had the audience eating out of her hand as well as dancing in the aisles with a sound that mixes jazz, blues, hip hop and the odd little bit of rockabilly thrown in for good measure. From the latest album was the excellent Liquid Lunch amongst others, including her self-promoted theme for the next Bond film, as well as Tangled Up. But she will be best known for a number of tracks from her stunning debut album Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor. From this we got tracks like Rivera Life, Back it Up, Dr Wanna Do and the amazing Stuck.

Indeed, with a good many dressed in 40s style, it was almost like the venue had been whisked back in time to become a smoky jazz club that just needed Bogart and Bacall to walk through the door to make it complete.

But this was no 1940s tribute act, she has an excellent voice but this is all backed up by a solid band who never missed a note with a superb horn section behind the guitar and bass.

On more than one occasion during the evening she had the City Hall on its feet singing and dancing along with a party atmosphere for A Night Like This. Emerald oozes her own kind of sex appeal and charm on stage, showing that you don’t need to be size 0 to have that something special.

And indeed a special night it was, so...come back soon and, as your name hints, Miss Emerald, you are a gem!