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Chart-topper didn't feel the love; REVIEW.

Byline: John Newman HMV INSTITUTE

SINCE his nasally tones featured on Rudimental's chart-topper Feel The Love, it's been impossible to ignore John Newman.

The 23-year-old crooner gained further airplay last year with his number one single Love Me Again, taken from his number one album Tribute.

But transforming the success of his records - which to his credit he penned and produced - into acclaim on the stage might not be so straightforward.

In typical Yorkshireman fashion, he threw his heart and soul into this performance, yet it wasn't enough to enthrall and invigorate.

Punters paying upwards of PS15 appeared far from impressed, as chuntering at the back spread like wildfire as the show progressed.

It all started with Newman's youthful face, etched into a smoke screen, mouthing the words to Tribute.

A curtain dramatically dropped to reveal he and his band as the militant drumming quickened. It was quite an entrance, but that's about as interesting as it got.

Many of his songs, including the hits Cheating and Losing Sleep, came and went with little to differentiate them.

Each carried big band Mark Ronson-style bravado that could sound-track a Saturday night chat show.

It was so polished, it felt like there was nothing unique - that this was a carbon copy of his sets that came before, and will follow.

Thankfully the encore, settled by Love Me Again, delivered some variety and oomph.

That Rudimental's Not Giving In, the second of their tracks he guested on in 2012, was the highlight speaks volumes.

PAUL SUART

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