Emeli Sandé - Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Mon 1 Apr 2013 (4 stars)

Emeli Sandé - Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Mon 1 Apr 2013

The soul singer's homecoming show reinforces the notion that genuine talent makes for success

In an age where so many so-called ‘singers’ rely on dancers, costumes, visuals, audio effects (or scandal in their personal life) to add impact to their performances, it’s by all means impressive when an artist delivers an incredible show without using any gimmicks.

The first Scottish date of Sandé’s tour felt like a homecoming celebration of the Aberdeen-native’s success. Last year’s Olympic Ceremony appearances, alongside her bestselling UK debut album, Our Version of Events, and a string of awards, created an enormous sense of pride throughout Edinburgh’s Usher Hall. The proudest members of the audience, of course, were the 25-year-old’s parents, who sat beaming in the Golden Circle.

Sandé sang a variety of tracks from her Our Version of Events, including her up-tempo debut release ‘Heaven’ and a beautiful acoustic version of ‘Suitcase’. She showed off her tremendous vocals in ‘Read All About it’, alongside her skilful piano playing during ‘Clown’. Sandé’s charming personality shone between tracks, where she told anecdotes and continually thanked the audience ‘for the best two years’. She also exclusively performed some new material, including ‘This Much Is True’, for her ‘best friend and husband Adam’. After contrasting the ballads with a fun calypso-sounding version of ‘Wonder’, Sandé received a standing ovation, refreshingly proving that genuine talent makes for success.

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Emeli Sandé

The chart-topping Aberdonian soul singer tours her second album Long Live The Angels. Sandé initially made her mark as a songwriter in the UK urban scene for acts such as Wiley, Wretch 32 and Chip before becoming a sought-after writer for acts including Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Katy Perry. Her 2012 debut album Our…

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