Yuna and Emeli Sandé in New York Review 04.24.12
Emeli Sandé, currently topping the UK album chart, had the Music Hall of Williamsburg chanting for more after delivering a flawless performance, filled with raw emotion and Beyoncé-contending vocals. You could relate to and feel every word Emeli sang and she truly touched me – from admitting she would go to any lengths for her little sister in ‘Breaking the law’ to the powerful images of heartbreak in ‘Suitcase’.
If you missed her this time, she will be back in New York, June 4th – but the show is sold out, so grab your tickets on stubhub before the price rockets. Her album, ‘Our Version of Events’ is out June 5th, and she is to join Coldplay on their US tour after.
Preceding Emeli was Yuna. While hard to compete with the tour de force that is Sandé, Yuna was the perfect opener. A very sweet voice, with some beautiful inflections throughout. Her song produced by Pharrell, ‘Live Your Life’, performed at the end of her set was a refreshing surprise – resulting in a nod to my friend in definite approval. Her live version was much more colorful than the recorded, which is always a great sign of a true live artist. Her self-titled album is out now.