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Noah and The Whale/02 Academy

Nadia Jaynes says she didn’t need to go out of the front door really

Published on October 27th 2011.

Noah and The Whale/02 Academy

NOAH and The Whale are currently touring the UK before heading across to try their luck in the US.  The band has enjoyed massive success in the UK of late.  If Peaceful The World Lays Me Down made a ripple with the catchy little number ‘Five Years Time’ then the release of Fink’s post Laura Marling breakup album The First Days Of Spring made a sizable splash. 

Noah and The Whale might just be victims of their own success. The problem with mass exposure is that it kind of spoils the songs.

Lyrically it’s a beautifully and brutally honest account of his heartbreak following the breakdown of his relationship; anyone who’s ever lost their first love will identify. The third album from the band, Last Night On Earth has catapulted them even further into the spotlight with poppy optimistic tracks such as ‘Life Goes On’ and ‘Tonight’s The Kind Of Night’ gaining masses of airplay. 

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But Noah and The Whale might just be victims of their own success. The problem with mass exposure is that it kind of spoils the songs.  It’s a really difficult balance between having a hit and having such a big hit that by the time we’ve all heard it played on every radio station every hour on the hour for several months, it starts to grate a little.

That said, it’s easy to see why the band are so popular, their music has wide appeal and has attracted a huge crowd ranging from teenage girls (who rush to the front to get as close to the quirky foursome and their handsome frontman with the tight suit and curly oversized quiff as they can), to the slightly older crowd who are here because liking the same band as your teenager has a certain feel good factor about it.

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It pains me to say it but I thought the gig in Liverpool was somewhat lacklustre.  The band’s set list reads like a Radio 1 playlist.  They play all the hit singles, ‘Five Years Time’, ‘Life Goes On’, ‘Just Before We Met’, but it lacks the kind of gusto I want from a live performance. 

It’s not that Noah and The Whale are poor performers, far from it - musically and vocally they’re almost perfect.  They sing the whole repertoire exactly as you’d hear it on the album and I guess that’s my point – they’re just not very exciting to watch.   

Whilst I realise that folk gigs are unlikely to feature pyrotechnics and dancers, I just expected a little bit more from Fink and co.   If you’ve got the album stick it on, crack open a vino and you’ve pretty much got the experience.    

Noah and the Whale continue their UK tour through October.

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