hmv.com reviews… Annie Eve @ London’s Lexington
Hotly-tipped singer-songwriter Annie Eve headlined London’s Lexington last night (July 21st) and played an absolute blinder. Here’s our full review…
Annie Eve, fast-rising, lilting singer-songwriter, preparing to release her debut album Sunday 91’.
London’s Lexington, the top room of a very nice pub, there was a quiz going on downstairs and everything.
Any good supports?
Jay Brown, a quirky and raw as you like singer-songwriter. Her skeletal acoustic songs went down an absolute treat.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Annie’s music isn’t exactly raucous, so there wasn’t much by way of leaping around, but that suited the mood down to the ground. It was a quiet, appreciate crowd, the best kind.
So what was the set like? What did she play?
The set consisted of the vast majority of Annie's debut record, with a few bonus cuts from her early EPs thrown in. Backed by a five-piece band, her material sways between gentle, Laura Marling esque folk, with specks of mysticism all over it, and more uptempo, early Fleetwood Mac style country pop. 'Southern' sounds like early Marling if she were produced by The Weeknd, with its gentle finger picked guitars and thundering percussion, 'Basement' is a little tougher, more like the brittler edges of Lykke Li, while 'Elvis' is more rollicking country. It was all brilliant.
Any good between song banter?
The banter was kept to an absolute minimum, except to apologise for not actually leaving the stage before the encore started. But when your music is this intimate and stripped back, rolling out the banter would jar somewhat…
Did they put on much of a show?
Like we said, it’s the top room of a pub, you can’t be setting off fireworks….
What was the highlight of the set?
There wasn't a single bum note, but 'Elvis' with its gentle chords and driving refrain stood out above the pack just a little.
Where can I catch her next?
She’s booked to play Cambridge Folk Festival next weekend, but that’s it for a little while. She’ll be back on the road soon though.