After such a great gig, I had to review it. This is my review featured in Monday 25th July 2011’s edition of The Lancashire Evening Post
If you have not yet managed to see a gig at Lancaster library, I strongly recommend that you do so. I saw Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan there last Tuesday, and there was only word for it… special.
Campbell, the softly spoken cello player from Belle and Sebastian and Lanegan, former front man of the Screaming Trees, who has also performed with the Queens of The Stone Age, proved that Lancaster library is attracting top rate artists from all over the world.
From the moment arrived I could feel there was something different about the library. The air felt electric and there was a strange mix of calm and tension as the crowd waited for the sold out gig to begin.
It was fantastic. Campbell’s eerie voice echoed through the library and when Lanegan began it was exceptional. His rough voice with gravel tones contradicted his very calm and almost peaceful style on stage.
They didn’t speak. No words to the crowd, but everyone could see this wasn’t them being rude. It is how they are, almost lost in the music. As one song ended, another would begin with the duo looking almost bashful, shy if you will. It was endearing, and made the gig all the more unique.
The venue is known for introducing new music, including appearances from Ellie Goulding, Katy B and Devlin to name a few, but there is always something for everyone and that what this latest gig has demonstrated.
It was summed up by the man next to me who whispered to his girlfriend: “I can’t believe we are watching this, this is amazing.”