By Kirsty Fraser
A strategically placed piano, centre stage, was Tom Odell’s mainstay for the night’s proceedings and the Valentine’s gifts were clearly being cashed in as couples took up a big majority of the standing area. From the opening chords of first song Long Way Down the crowd were on Odell’s side and who can blame them? With his angelic voice and handsome good looks it became clear as the night continued that his zero marks out of ten album review in NME was completely unjustified. While it’s true that his music has started to saturate pop culture, it’s done so for good reason. Odell is very musically gifted and his band were absolutely bang on the money throughout.
The quieter moments of the set, when the spotlight was focused solely on Odell, brought shivers to the spine, as the crowd sang back the end of each line just enough for it to echo around the venue. Odell joked with the crowd that when he comes here he always asks for ‘the finest single malt and then they put it in a plastic cup,’ and then launched into another haunting but always uplifting number from his debut album.
The mid-way point saw support act James Bay join Odell on stage and they thrashed out a pretty decent cover of The Beatles Get Back, especially considering that they’d only practised it once before. After that Grow Old With Me gave the audience a chance to hold their phones aloft in the air.
A couple of new songs were played – including one which Odell said he had yet to name but was considering calling Edinburgh. It was touches such as these which had the women in the audience literally screaming for more.
I Know built to a slow crescendo and had the crowd in raptures and then it was time for Another Love – a song which encompassed the atmosphere of the entire night by being truly spellbinding.
The four song encore – complete with cover of I Just Want to Make Love to You – showcased the fact that even though Odell is an act who’s only really been on the bigger stages in the past year, he really knows how to flesh out a live show without it feeling like filler. His set – just under the two hour mark – revealed that whilst he might not be onside with the NME crowd it’s totally their loss.